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Characters from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Protagonists and Friends

    General Tropes 

  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The three female characters fit into this role.
    • Active battle loving Nemona serves as the brawn
    • Reclusive hacker Penny serves as the brains.
    • Open and energetic Juliana serves as the beauty.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Unlike previous rivals and friends in the series, rather than growing with the protagonist, Arven, Penny, and Nemona are all significantly stronger trainers than the player at the start of the game and the player has to catch up to them. Arven only seems like an exception at first because his primary companion, Mabosstiff is on the verge of death until the player helps cure it with the Herba Mystica and he had to train and catch new Pokémon because of his Mabosstiff's state. Justified due to all of them having started their careers as trainers a few years before the player.
  • Child Prodigy: Arven, Nemona, and Penny are all teenagers who are (respectively) a Supreme Chef, a Lonely at the Top master battler, and a Hackette whose skills are enough that she gets hired as a programmer on the spot by Ms. Geeta. The player themselves, at the end of the story, is also a Champion-ranked battler like Nemona, has defeated five titan Pokémon, and taken down Team Star and their boss by themselves.
  • Friendless Background: Prior to meeting and befriending the protagonist, Arven, Nemona, and Penny appear to be found mostly by themselves with seemingly no one else to call a friend. It isn't until meeting the protagonist that their lives, as well as the lives of Paldea, begin to improve and they find themselves happier than they were before:
    • Arven had his Mabosstiff as his Only Friend growing up while suffering Parental Abandonment as a result of Professor Sada/Turo being fully dedicated to their research combined with their untimely death, which made him turn out a bit standoffish upon the protagonist and Nemona meeting him the first time.
    • Nemona is a Lonely at the Top, Champion-ranked Teen Genius from a wealthy family who grew up under a hands-off parenting style, which combined with her aggressive desire for battling, has intimidated and alienated her from her peers; respected as the Student Council President, but nothing more.
    • Penny is a reclusive and talented Hackette who is officially described as shy who is also a victim of bullying before befriending other victims and outcasts and having them form Team Star together years before the main events begin. But even then, she never showed her face to the Team Star Bosses, and regarding the incident that placed Team Star in deep trouble with the Academy, she wound up distancing herself from them to work on taking it down before graver consequences rained upon them.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: If Florian is chosen as the protagonist then the group will consist of two boys (Florian and Arven) and two girls (Nemona and Penny). Averted if Juliana is chosen as the protagonist, in which case the group will instead consist of three girls and one boy, making Arven The One Guy.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Arven fights alongside you for the Titan battles, and he, Nemona, and Penny join you for the mission into Area Zero.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: During your trek through Area Zero, all of your companions use dog-like Pokémon when battling with you in Doubles: Nemona uses a Lycanroc (based on a wolf), Arven uses his Mabosstiff (based on the mastiff breed of dogs) and Penny uses an Umbreon (which has dog-like qualities, on top of traits of other mammals like cats or foxes). The player can also use one of the mentioned Pokémon or another line like the Fidough line or Greavard line. There's also the player's befriended Koraidon/Miraidon despite being reptilian-based, whose behavioral traits, such as affectionate licking and pulling off puppy-dog eyes, can be compared to dogs.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Of the player's three friends, each fills one of these:
    • Nemona fills the Nice. From the time she meets the player, Nemona is a pleasant, Spoiled Sweet girl who's nothing but encouraging to the hero. She's a bit of a Blood Knight who loves battling, but she's also empathetic and gentle, regularly caring about the player and their partner Pokémon.
    • Arven is the In-Between. In his first appearance, he comes off as frosty and is downright mean to Koraidon/Miraidon (though not without a Freudian Excuse), but he comes to care about both that Mon and the player, and his main motivation is to heal his best friend, Mabosstiff.
    • Penny is the Mean. At first, she comes off as a Shrinking Violet, but it's revealed that she started Team Star. After this reveal, she shows herself to be snarky and standoffish, although a lot of this comes less from genuine malice and more from social awkwardness, and her character falls more into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold archetype.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: While the protagonist's personality can be decided up to the player (though based on official art, Florian appears reserved while Juliana appears energetic), we have their friends and their following idiosyncrasies, to which they all are brought together, not only by the general narrative, but are united as part of "The Way Home" final storyline, to prevent catastrophe upon Paldea's ecosystem by the Paradox Pokémon contained within Area Zero:
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Arven and Penny trade numerous snarky jabs as the party travels down Area Zero.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: At first. Arven is annoyed by Nemona's single-mindedness and Penny's rudeness, Penny thinks Nemona has a death wish and doesn't think much of Arven either, and the three (though mostly Arven and Penny) trade jabs while the group ventures down Area Zero. During the course of the descent, as they talk about how they got to meet the player, their family lives, and fight off enraged Pokémon from either the past or future, the three manage to overcome their first bad impressions and develop what seems to be budding friendships.
  • True Companions: By the end of "The Way Home", all of them, plus Koraidon/Miraidon, have become this with each other. Doubles as a case of Fire-Forged Friends, as both separately in the three prior story arcs and together in this one, they were brought together by fighting a conflict.

    The Protagonists
Juliana in Scarlet and Florian in Violet

The protagonists of Scarlet and Violet. They are a young adolescent who recently moved to Paldea.

  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Arven calls them "Little Buddy" (or similar variations, like "Clever Buddy").
    • Hassel briefly calls them "Baby dragon" when he gives them a pep talk before fighting Geeta.
    • Ryme calls them "Baby".
  • Badass Adorable: They look like an average kid, but they can conquer the league (when most trainers hit a wall around badge four of eight), defeat powerful giant Pokémon and take on the five squads of Team Star and their boss with ease.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Their winter uniform looks like a classy suit.
  • Color Motif: Depending on the version you choose, the protagonist is wearing either an orange and white outfit with blue highlights or a purple and grey outfit with yellow highlights.
  • Disappeared Dad: While their mother is present in their lives in-game unlike the other main characters, like pretty much every game protagonist their father is nowhere to be found and unlike the past few generations (Sun and Moon indicates he is working overseas, Sword and Shield states the male player character's backpack came from him) he never gets any mention of existing.
  • Famed In-Story: The protagonist became the talk of the students with them becoming known for their potential with Nemona hoping they will become a good rival for her, Arven wanting their help against the Titan Pokémon, and Cassiopeia wanting them to join Operation Starfall.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The competitive play trailer implies that their canon names are Juliana (a perennial flower) for the girl and Florian (meaning blooming/flowering) for the boy.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: The first protagonists where you can choose to follow or subvert this trope. Your character can have smaller, more imposing-looking eyes like the series' more serious rivals. They're still an upstanding hero regardless of what their eyes look like.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Invoked by Raifort when recounting the legend of the Treasures of Ruin, as the ominous stakes found throughout the Paldea region can be pulled by Only the Pure of Heart, thus freeing the sealed Treasures from their shrines. The protagonist appears to be the only one out of Paldea's populace capable of doing so. This quality also indicates their ability to form strong bonds with people and Pokémon, which may also contribute to their befriended Koraidon/Miraidon being able to regain its former strength to fight and triumph against its aggressive antagonistic counterpart in Zero Lab.
  • Magnetic Hero: They serve as The Heart among the four of them, being the mutual friend shared between Arven, Nemona, and Penny, and the reason that they learn to get along with each other despite their vastly different personalities and quirks is because of their strong respective friendship with the protagonist, which becomes very clear while descending through Area Zero via casual dialogue and cutscenes.
  • New Transfer Student: They are recently enrolled into Naranja/Uva academy at the start of the game.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In their artwork, Juliana (the female protagonist) appears open and energetic, whereas Florian (the male protagonist) appears unsure and reserved.
  • Reincarnation: Implied. There's a woman in the game who says that she can see their past lives. If you have save data from any previous Nintendo Switch Pokémon games, you will unlock new phone cases. This suggests that the player character is either a reincarnation of the player characters from the past games, or the Reincarnation is Leaning on the Fourth Wall to refer to the Players behind the Player Characters who play the Pokémon games.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: While players can choose from a wide selection of accessories, the only options for the main outfit are four seasonal variations of the school uniform.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Played With, while the player character you don't choose doesn't appear, some NPCs that look like a customized version of the Player Character do appear as Tera Raid NPC allies.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Juliana's default hairstyle is a short haircut with a Padawan-style side braid.
  • Spanner in the Works: Who know just feeding a sandwich to a strange Pokémon washed up on the beach would lead to the player character shutting down a dangerous time machine?
  • Theme Naming: "Juliana" means "youthful" or "juvenile", while "Florian" means "flowering" or "blooming". Both names refer to the two trainers embarking on the adventure teased in the trailers and growing up/"blossoming" in result.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cassiopeia requests the player to dismantle Team Star for them, especially when it's later revealed that Cassiopeia is Penny, the true leader of Team Star whom the player character fought the Team Star Grunts.
  • Vague Age: They appear to be older children or younger teenagers, but their specific age is never addressed in-game, especially since Naranja/Uva Academy does not seem to be limited to specific ages or grades (and has several mature students as NPC enemy Trainers). One scene does have a teacher refer to them as adolescents, but as they are also addressing the class as a whole they may not have intended a explicitly teenage meaning.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: As with previous generations, the second trailer shows that you can customize your character's appearance, though compared to the more expansive options of previous post-Gen VI games clothing-wise it's mainly limited to variations on the uniform and accessories thereof. That said, there are more options to customize your character's face beyond eye color, as you can now choose the shape of your eyes and mouth, meaning that your protagonist could potentially look nothing like their default design, unlike previous protagonists who always had the same base facial features/structure.
  • Youthful Freckles: The player can choose from three types of freckles to give their character, emphasizing their energetic and peppy nature.

    Nemona (Nemo) 

Nemona / Nemo (ネモ nemo)

A friend of the protagonist, who is an experienced trainer.

  • The Ace: She's a Champion-level Trainer who not only comes from a wealthy family but is also the Student Council President.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Unlike her rattled companions, she swoons over the Great Tusk/Iron Treads in Area Zero.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: Her Japanese name is Nemo.
  • Big Fancy House: The house across the Player Character's own at the start of the game belongs to her family.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed Trope in the sense that she doesn't crave violence for its own sake, but she has a strong passion for Pokémon battling in general and can get carried away with battling. Arven convinces her to help him and the protagonist explore Area Zero by telling her about all the strong Pokémon there are to fight.
  • Brains and Brawn: She serves as the active battle-loving Brawn to Penny's reclusive hacking Brains.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's have us a fruitful battle!" which she says usually as she is preparing to battle the player.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as this to the player character, being quite sweet and encouraging of whatever they wish to do while being slightly older than them. She also has an older sister herself, but what their actual relationship is defined to be, aside from mentioning that she would be taking over their family's Rotom Phone company, remains unknown.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Implied. While there's no clear indication of Nemona's cooking skills in general, speaking with her post-game in her dorm room has her admit her belief that the measurement of a tablespoon means different amounts to different people while making food for her Pokémon, which may or may not turn out disastrous.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spanish and French, her name is Mencía / Menzi, which comes from her namesake plant's species name instead of the genus name.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her singlemindedness. Nemona is extremely fixated on her love of battling, and while she usually has it under control, there are moments where she forgets to consider other people's mental and physical state, and thus needs to be gently reminded that other people need time to heal, and aren't so fixated like her. Her singlemindedness ends up being much more detrimental when she fixates so hard on the idea of a "family reunion" between the player's box legendary and its twin that she fails to realize how terrified it was of its counterpart when it happens, something that Penny calls her out on. Post-game, Nemona talks about how this flaw also made her feel alienated as her peers grew intimidated by her for being a Champion rank trainer.
  • Floral Theme Naming: She's named after Nemophila menziesii, a plant native to northwestern America also called "baby blue eyes", in all languages.
  • Genius Ditz: While downplayed during Victory Road due to it being an environment she is an expert in, this comes to the forefront during The Way Home storyline, which showcases how Nemona is rather adorably less-than competent at things outside of Pokémon battling or her administrative duties. She has a decidedly limited grasp of social cues, comes to strange and rather obviously incorrect conclusions about various things, and is foolhardy enough that she's lucky she has trained up such a powerful team to protect her from danger.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: She tends to pepper a lot of Spanish phrases into her dialogue.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Greatly admires Geeta and early on in the game, Nemona gushes about her and tells the players about how much she wants to be like her.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's noticeably taller than a lot of her peers at the Academy, including the player.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Nemona is never intentionally rude (unlike the more Byronic Arven and Penny) but sometimes she doesn't think before she talks. When the player's Raidon meets the second one and almost gets into a fight, Nemona completely misses Raidon's obvious terror and makes a remark that it seems sad the "family reunion" ended early. Penny snaps at her for this.
  • Insult Backfire: Any attempts to criticize her via sarcasm or snide remarks have a good chance of resulting in her thinking it is somehow a compliment, as Arven and Penny find out to their frustration.
  • The Klutz: Stated to be a good trainer, but the official site mentions she's not good at tossing Poké Balls, which she hints at when telling the player she's "crummy" at actually catching Pokémon. She's notably the only trainer seen wearing an arm brace, presumably so she can throw her balls better.
  • Lonely at the Top: Post-game, it's revealed that Nemona's love for battling actually caused a problem and alienated her from people who could become a friend in the academy as they are too intimidated by her prowess and Champion rank to actually befriend her. When she saw the Player Character having the potential to beat her, she was excited at the prospect of having an equal and wanted to see them grow stronger as a trainer, and thus spends much of the game hoping for the Player Character to be her rival to a near zealous degree.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Implied. While exploring Area Zero, the discussion turns to the topic of family. Nemona mentions her parents were very hands-off and pretty much let her do as she pleased. While she insists her childhood was normal otherwise, the sheer fervor she throws at Pokémon battling, along with the speed at which she attaches herself to the player, implies more of an effect on her than she realizes.
  • Nice Girl: From the get-go, Nemona is nothing but sweet and encouraging to the player.
  • Privileged Rival: Somewhat downplayed; She's from a wealthy family but she doesn't go out of her way to talk about it.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Arven and Penny's sarcasm and snide remarks towards her go without notice.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Her father's the head of a Rotom Phone company, though she states that chances are it's her sister that will be taking over the company.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Is so focused on the positive things she never stops to think about the negative, like not realizing there was a very good reason the cover Legendary was scared to go into Area Zero.
  • Signature Mon: She's associated with the Pawmi line. In the pre-release trailers she was shown with Pawmi, and in most of her battles she uses the Pawmi line before her starter. Her strongest Pokémon is still her starter though, as she always Terastalizes it, and it's the starter that's weak to yours.
  • Spoiled Sweet: While it is confirmed late in the game during the Area Zero expedition that Nemona comes from a wealthy family, she doesn't mention much about it due to her older sister being expected to take over the family business, as well as how she does not match the typical personality of an upper-class and refined rich girl. Even her parents were hands-off with her upbringing, allowing her to do as she pleased. Although, Arven points out how she refers to her parents as "Mother" and "Father", highlighting a bit of a formal upbringing that tends to be characteristic of upscale families.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Repeatedly and rather unconvincingly argues that it's just a coincidence that she keeps showing up at gym locations before the player character does, but it's pretty clear she is very invested in their progress as a trainer and hopes for them to become the perfect outlet for her battle fervor.
  • Student Council President: Is the Academy's student body president, which helps to explain how she pulled some strings to get the player their Tera Orb early.
  • Teen Genius: When it comes to Pokémon battling she is this, being the youngest trainer in Paldea's history to attain Champion rank (presumably a year before the events of the game's story). The isolation this caused her leads to her wanting the player character, likewise referred to as an adolescent, to also become a Champion so she can have a friend who treats her as an equal and can challenge her as a trainer. Notably she does not particularly like being called gifted at battling, a "whiz," etc. (at least when such terms are used as an excuse to not battle her) as she works hard and asserts it doesn't all come naturally to her.
  • The Unreveal: We never get to see what her previous Pokémon Champion team is like beyond mentions of it at the start of the storynote . The team she has throughout the game is a team she built up against the Player Character.
  • Willfully Weak:
    • Nemona is stated to be a Champion rank trainer by Principal Clavell at the start of the game, but upon meeting the Player, she chooses to start out training one of the starter mons weak against the Player's own to be mindful and be on equal levels with them. While she initially has to be reminded to not use one of her regular team members in her first match with the protagonist, in future matches she goes to great lengths to face them with a team that matches the level she thinks they are currently at as a trainer, even delaying a match at one point so she can pick out the members of her team more carefully.
    • Geeta later reveals that she believes that Nemona was holding back her true strength even when they battled during her Champion Assessment.
  • Yearning for a Nemesis: She spends the entire "Victory Road" storyline trying to build up the protagonist as a proper rival for herself, as she's long wanted a friend who could be close to her in age but also her equal as a trainer (and as the youngest Champion on record in the region, she had no such peers).
  • Youthful Freckles: She has some freckles on top of her nose if seen closely and appears to be around the same age as the child player character.

    Arven (Pepper) 

Arven / Pepper (ペパー pepaa)

An upperclassman at the academy and a good friend of the player. While he's not much of a battler, he is an accomplished cook.

  • Butt-Monkey: Out of the main group, he gets the least respect, with even the protagonist able to occasionally indulge in this. For example, they can claim not to remember him when meeting him the second time, Nemona and Penny tend to take cracks at him, and when Clavell is congratulating the four of them after the main story, he goes out of his way to comment that Arven is greatly lacking in the credits needed to graduate.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Arven seems to have a soft spot for cute things; His Rotom Phone case features flowers and a Floette, and during the battle with Titan Orthworm he says that its face was adorable and that he didn't expect it to be "such a little cutie". There's also a chance that he views the player as adorable, given how he refers to them as "little buddy", while he calls the pretty much equally short Penny the much more derogative "pipsqueak".
  • Deuteragonist: He is the other protagonist of the "Path of Legends" storyline, which focuses on him seeking mythical ingredients guarded by Titan Pokémon. He can also be considered as such for "The Way Home", as it revolves around entering Area Zero to find his parent, while Nemona and Penny are just there as backup.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Pepper, his Japanese name, is a common cooking spice and short for peppermint, which ties nicely to his cooking skills. His English name is a reference to Mentha arvensis or a type of mint.
  • Find the Cure!: His motivation during the Path of Legends is to try to cure his Mabosstiff, who had been grievously injured in the Paldean Crater to the point that nothing seems to be capable of curing it. Thankfully, the Herba Mysticas, which he had been hoping would be the cure, are able to do the trick.
  • Hates Their Parent: Arven deeply resents Sada/Turo for being obsessed with their job and never being there for him.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His best friend and partner is his Mabosstiff, and said pup getting injured is his motivation to find the Herba Mystica to cure him.
  • Informed Flaw: Both officially and of his own opinion, he's supposedly not a very good battler. In practice, he does a really good job tackling the Titans with you, even though he's using Pokémon he caught on the spot. By the end of his storyline, his catches have turned into a complete, very efficient team; he's treated as just as capable as the others during their trek through Area Zero; and in the Academy Ace Tournament, his team outlevels the entire teaching staff minus Elite Four member Hassel, who he's on par with... but he still calls himself mediocre at battling.
  • Jerkass to One: He's normally nice and polite to the player, but he coldly and snidely refers to Koraidon/Miraidon as "the brute". The reason for this is because he partially blames it for taking away his mom/dad's attention further away from him due to the circumstances in which it came from. Thankfully, The Path of Legends and The Way Home storyline have him gradually warm up to it again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arven initially comes off as rather abrasive and rude, but becomes more sympathetic when we find out his motivation for seeking the Herba Mystica: he needs them to try to heal his critically wounded Mabosstiff.
  • Non-Action Guy: According to the official site, he's not very good at battling, and the player will need to help him out during the journey. This turns out to be a complete fabrication, however: not only does he help you take on all 5 titans, he proves entirely competent as an opponent after the fact, as well, serving as a climax boss for his story arc. His Signature Mon is even specially tailored to counter all three fully evolved starters.
  • The One Guy: If Juliana is chosen as the protagonist, then Arven will be the only male member of the main group.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's far from an incompetent Trainer, but when his best friends include a Champion-ranked battle maniac, a genius hacker, and a videogame protagonist, he sometimes feels like the only things he has to bring to the table are his lineage (which if anything puts more pressure on him) and his cooking hobby. Plus he may or may not have the worst grades of the group. Post-game, he starts developing a bit of a second banana complex.
  • Parental Abandonment: Depending on the version, he either has a Disappeared Dad or a Missing Mom. In Scarlet, he is the son of Professor Sada, and his father left shortly after he was born. In Violet, he is the son of Professor Turo, and his mother is the one who left. It's unclear if his absent parent in each version is the same one acting as the main parent in the other. Either way, his professor parent is also absent due to being constantly away on research, to the point where Arven hasn't heard from them in years beyond occassional emails. Then it turns out the professor has died fairly recently. Even their robot copy, whom Arven briefly treats like his parent, has to abandon him for the sake of Paldea.
  • Parental Neglect: Due to Professor Sada/Turo's obsession with their research, his parent came to heavily neglect him.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Arven's bangs hide his right eye.
  • Signature Mon: His ace is his Mabosstiff. It's been his closest companion since childhood, as his parents were never around, and his goal in the Path of Legends is feeding it Herba Mystica to gradually heal the injuries it sustained in Area Zero.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Arven shares the colors of his pale brown hair with Professor Sada/Turo. He also inherited Sada's eye and skin color and Turo's eyebrows and facial structure.
  • Supreme Chef: He's mentioned to be very good at cooking, his official artwork depicts him holding a Tamato Berry, and the official site claims he's developing healthy recipes specifically for Pokémon. This is justified because of Parental Abandonment, as Arven often found himself forced to cook his own meals while Sada/Turo were constantly absent due to research. At the very end of the game, after finding himself in a rut and unsure of what his future holds, he finally decides to go all in on his hobby and work to become a real chef.
  • Trauma Conga Line: From the start to the end of the game, an incident with the friendly Raidon caused his professor parent to hole themselves up in Area Zero for several years, leaving Arven with Mabosstiff to raise himself (their other parent having abandoned the family when Arven was a newborn), then Mabosstiff gets borderline mortally wounded, causing Arven to look for any sort of treatment until he stumbles upon the Herba Mystica, which thankfully becomes a success. Then Sada/Turo tells him to go to Area Zero, only for everyone to discover that they're dead and they've been speaking to a robotic copy this whole time since the Treasure Hunt started. To top it all off, the AI professor has to leave Arven for good since that's the only way to turn off the time machine causing the main conflict, meaning he had to learn his mother/father died and then essentially watch it happen again.

    Penny (Botan) (UNMARKED SPOILERS

Penny / Botan (ボタン botan)

A shy girl in the same grade as the player. She doesn't come to class very often, and is quite attached to her Eevee backpack.

  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • According to her, her father calls her "Pen-Pen".
    • She also calls her Pokémon (who are all Eeveelutions) "Veevee".
  • Anti-Hero: She wants to disband Team Star and atone for her mistakes, but her methods of doing so involve deceiving everyone as Cassiopeia, from the player character to her own friends, methods that do more harm than good. After the player befriends her genuinely, she drops the "anti" part entirely and mellows out into more of a Sour Supporter during Area Zero.
  • Beneath Notice: No one ever suspected that a shy introvert like Penny could be Cassiopeia, the leader of Team Star.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first glance Penny seems like a shy nice girl, but eventually she reveals a much darker side involving not only being a skilled hacker, but also the founder of Team Star and a lot ruder than she lets on. However, she is by no means a bad person.
  • Brains and Brawn: She serves as the reclusive hacking Brains to Nemona's active battle-loving Brawn.
  • Brutal Honesty: After the reveal of her real personality, it's shown that Penny's a lot more blunt than she leads on.
  • Character Tics: She tends to gently tap her forhead with her fist when she's thinking.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: For hacking the league's systems she is "offered" a job as a system engineer; she is not happy about this and knows she can't escape.
  • Color Motif: Grey, based on her hoodie, shorts and leggings, reflecting her gloomy personality. It also reflects that her intentions on creating a group rebels to fight against the bullies were on the grey side.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Clavell tells her that if she just told someone about what was going on, or took the chances to confront Team Star by giving them a direct order to knock it off, the player character wouldn't have to be forced to do her dirty work. Slightly subverted, as both she and the other leaders of Team Star point out, asking or ordering them to quit would not have worked and she was rightfully distrustful of telling other authority figures about this given the cover-up of the events of Operation Star a year and a half ago which ultimately further smeared her friends names and reputations.
    • Alternatively, Penny could have stayed in contact with her friends. The reason Team Star refused to go to class for the last 18 months was because they were keeping a constant vigil for their Big Boss. Had Penny told them they weren't in trouble over the Operation Star fiasco and she was going to be studying abroad, or that she came back from said trip, they would have had no reason to continue their actions and there would have been no need for Operation Starfall.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When exploring Area Zero with the others, depending on the version she either comes across a Scream Tail (Scarlet) or Iron Bundle (Violet), believing it's either a Jigglypuff or Delibird respectively, and talks about how cute it is, wanting to get closer to it.
  • Distinctive Appearances: Her short blue hair has red bangs, she has a large Eevee backpack, and she doesn't wear a standard school uniform, making her stand out from the rest of the cast.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: This unassumingly shy, reclusive computer expert who'd been presented as one of the player's friends eventually turns out to be the leader of the violent delinquent gang causing trouble at the school.
  • Dramatic Irony: When Penny is first seen, Team Star is goading to have her join them. After it's revealed who she really is, the irony is that those Team Star grunts were trying to invite their boss to join them.
  • Duality Motif: She has red and blue hair and her leggings have alternating red plus signs and blue minus signs. This hints that there are two sides to her: her shy self and her rude self, along with Penny and her alias of Cassiopeia.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Once Clavell learns why Penny went as far as to create Operation Starfall, he forgives her for what she did. He then reinstates Team Star and rescinds the rule of expulsion of those associated with them. Moreover, the leaders of Team Star have no hard feelings because they realized that the operation was in order to protect them from expulsion.
    • Zigzagged concerning her theft from the Pokémon League. When she admits the LP she was paying the player with was all stolen from the League, Clavell and Geeta are both so impressed with how easily she bypassed the League systems that rather than punishing her, they offer to drop any and all fines and debts if she agrees to get an engineering job at the League whenever she finishes her studies at the academy. That said, it's clear Geeta has a tight leash on her and the job amounts to indentured volunteer work until Penny graduates and can work for real.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: While spying on Atticus (concerned over how he'll adjust to being back in school), her train of thought is interrupted when he removes his mask and Penny is astounded at how good he looks.
    Wait, no, focus!
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Her father likes to call her "Pen-pen". Funnily enough, she refers to some of her Pokémon (all of which are Eeveelutions) as "Veevee".
  • Evil Brit: She's from Galar; the Pokemon world's equivalent of the UK, but very downplayed on the evil part as although she's the boss of Team Star, their "villainy" only stemmed from a tragic misunderstanding that blew up far beyond her intentions and she wants the best outcome for everyone.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her fear of confrontation. Clavell, in disguise as "Clive", asks why Penny didn't just directly tell Team Star to stop all of their bullying ways. Penny replies that she did, but they refused. When Clavell asked that she could've ordered them as boss of Team Star, she states that the rules prohibited the ordering of other people around. Moreover, she refused to talk about this with the teachers, but that was more due to being afraid that it would get the leaders expelled if she spilled out names. Even Clavell admits that students tend to be shy when it comes to confronting teachers.
  • Floral Theme Naming:
    • Her Japanese name, Botan, is the Japanese name for the Peony, which is a flower that is grown and cultivated thoughout Eurasia, including Spain. In Japan, Paeonia suffruticosa is known as the King of Flowers there, much like how she is the true leader of Team Star.
    • Her dub name comes from the Penny flower, a flower that is known to self-seed and become an invasive species. This reflects how her attempt to create a team to protect themselves from bullies would transform into Team Star who became a Gang of Bullies.
  • Foreshadowing: Throughout the Starfall Street storyline, there are a few hints that Penny is a lot more than she seems to be, and is actually Cassiopeia:
    • Cassiopeia introduces herself by hacking the player's phone. Penny is also known to be a skilled hacker. Moreover, Cassiopeia didn't make herself known until after the player fought off the Team Star grunts harassing Penny. Because Penny, as Cassiopeia, decided to use the player to unleash Operation Starfall.
    • After the player defeats their second squad leader, Koraidon/Miraidon will suddenly sniff Penny out and play with her, sensing her distress over having to disband her friends' squads.
    • After the player defeats their third squad leader, Penny says that if Operation Starfall fails, she'll lose her greatest treasure. This is the exact same phrase that the squad leaders use to refer to each other, and sure enough, that's exactly who she's referring to.
    • She knows a little too much about how Team Star came to be. Considering she's the one who created it in the first place.
    • The academy requires students to wear their uniforms properly at all times, Penny does not. Recall which team of delinquents also do the same.
    • When Cassiopeia speaks to you, you can sometimes hear a sound similar to coins jingling. What's a penny again? She also pays you in (stolen) League Points which have a 1:1 exchange rate with actual money.
    • When you defeat Ortega, the former director Mr. Harrington states that a member of Team Star took responsibility for them in return for all the other members being absolved, so he sent her to study in her home region of Galar for a year and a half. Penny's backpack is of a Gigantamax Eevee.
    • Interestingly, one of the classes this introvert ends up attending is an Art class where Brassius explains how he hit a low point in his past. Like him, Penny was prepared to give up everything before meeting the player.
    • After the first couple of times, you may realize that her coming right after Cassiopeia calls you when you clear a base is too coincidental.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The one thing she always has with her is her fluffy Gigantamax Eevee backpack.
  • Hackette: A teenage girl who's also skilled enough to hack into the Pokémon League.
  • Hates Their Parent: During the trek through Area Zero, she mentions that she doesn't get along with her father, finding him annoying, embarrassing, and overprotective.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She has a strong dislike of bullies, but she took this a bit too far to the point that the team of student rebels she started so they could protect themselves against their bullies eventually devolved into a gang of bullies themselves. She's very aware of this.
  • In-Series Nickname: As Cassiopeia, the Team Star leaders nickname her "B.B." (Big Boss).
  • Irony: For as much as she hides her identity as Cassiopeia, she was easily fooled by Clavell's disguise as "Clive" until he reveals himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her true personality as Cassiopeia. She's just as rude and blunt as her team, and very manipulative, but her entire scheme was to save her friends from expulsion and she admits she didn't want Team Star to become the menaces that they are now. She butts heads with Arven and Nemona due to her bluntness and snarkiness, but she walks back and apologises for her meaner comments concerning Arven and his parent.
  • Manipulative Bitch: A(n anti-)heroic version. Penny's truancy and hacking skills lets her become an anonymous Voice with an Internet Connection known as "Cassiopeia," letting her manipulate both the player and Team Star in order to disband the latter. That said, all of her deceit comes from a good place and her mentality deconstructs the trope a bit; Penny feels terrible over manipulating her friends and resigns herself to the idea she has to throw herself under the bus for them to make up for it. Thankfully, her friends stick through for her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her Japanese name, Botan, can be translated in Russian as a "nerd" who struggles in sports and has bad social skills — which perfectly fits her.
    • Her alias as Cassiopeia references Queen Cassiopeia, a vain and boastful woman who bragged that she and her daughter were more beautiful than the Nereids. Penny herself is known to be a bit of a jerkass. Moreover, Cassiopeia avoided punishment by Neptune thanks to Perseus rescuing her daughter, Andromeda, from being devoured by a sea monster, just like Penny was "rescued" from directly dismantling Team Star herself thanks to the player swooping in. However, the main difference is that while Poseidon did punish Cassiopeia by placing her as a constellation trapped in a torture chair because she escaped justice, Clavell decides to give punishment of community service instead. As a bonus, the Cassiopeia constellation is known for having five main stars, reflecting Team Star having five bosses.
    • Her name can also refer to the coin of the same name. Pennies are often buried in plant soil because copper acts as a fungicide to kill bacteria and fungi. Penny herself created the team of rebels that would become Team Star mostly so that they would be able to fight back against their bullies and no one would ever assume someone like her was Team Star's big boss, making her blend in with the crowd.
  • Must Make Amends: She wishes to make amends for creating Team Star by disbanding it and leaving the academy. Thankfully for her, Clavell decides that Team Star can stay, but they'll have to put in community service in exchange.
  • My Greatest Failure: She regrets seeing that Team Star has gone from standing up to bullies to becoming bullies themselves by causing said bullies to drop out of the academy in fear from Operation Star, thus leading to her friends risking expulsion from the Academy, and holds herself responsible for the whole situation since she was the team's founder, so she enlists the protagonist's help to put an end to it.
  • Nonconformist Dyed Hair: Her hair is dyed blue and red, and she's often truant from school. And it doesn't get more "nonconformist" in a school setting than Cassiopeia, leader of the delinquents in Team Star.
  • No Social Skills: Her shyness in addition to her more blunt side means she struggles to talk to people properly.
  • Otaku: She mentions a desire to binge watch all the anime she missed at the end of the game. Her room is also full of figurines and manga.
  • Overprotective Dad: She makes a comment about having one.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: Believes heavily in repaying debts of honor, stating that owing the protagonist is the main reason she agrees to go to Area Zero. Arven notes she's surprisingly old-fashioned about this.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Her story arc features a major problem caused by miscommunication: she couldn't ask Team Star to stand down because they had refused in the past. She also couldn't order them to stop because of the rules of Team Star; the only way that they could be toppled is if someone defeated them in battle because they had to accept all challengers. Clavell even discusses that she couldn't even tell this to the teachers because students tend to be shy about talking to them about such issues, hence why he had his disguise as Clive.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She has a transparent skirt and wears shorts and grey leggings under it.
  • The Quisling: The person spearheading Operation Starfall happens to be none other than Team Star's leader. Penny began to regret Operation Star when it intimidated the students bullying her and the other outcasts into withdrawing from the academy altogether, and setting her subordinates up to lose fights against the player was the only way to dissolve Team Star.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: This is essentially what happens after Penny confesses to having hacked the League Points system to steal and distribute LP. Instead of facing serious punishment like she expects, she's praised for her outstanding talents and asked to do some volunteer engineering to waive her debts. It's implied in the post-game that there's nothing voluntary about this, however, as when Geeta shows up asking her to patch the League Point vulnerabilities and Penny tries to refuse, Geeta just smiles and thanks her in advance for her willing cooperation, pressuring her into the job.
  • The Reveal: A major part of her character revealed late into the game is that she's Cassiopeia, leader of Team Star.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Alongside her blue hair, she's known to have a bit of red. While she's mostly a shy person, the red also hints that there is a more aggressive side to her.
    • She has a Gigantamax Eevee backpack which is symbolic of having an Eeveelution party. And that, just like Eevee can grow giant, that she wants to appear as bigger, and hinting that she's the boss of Team Star.
    • Operation Starfall in association with Cassiopeia's namesake. Cassiopeia's punishment by Poseidon was to be sent into a torture chair and becoming a constellation in the sky. For half of the year, the chair would be positioned upside-down, and the queen had to grab the chair and the chains binding her to keep herself from falling. Meanwhile, Penny herself wanted Team Star to be dismantled but she herself was in a perilous position of whether or not she wanted to stand by and let the team fall or if she wanted to keep it running even though they were doing more harm than good.
  • Security Blanket: The official website states that she's very fond of her Eevee backpack and takes it everywhere with her. She also has a whole team's worth of Eeveelutions under her command should the need to battle arise.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's roughly the same height as the player, making them the shortest characters in the group, but she's also a skilled hacker capable of easily bypassing the League's security systems in order to get LP to reward the player for taking down Star bases.
  • Shrinking Violet: The official website describes her as a shy person who is frequently absent from class. It turns out she's more antisocial than asocial, and her truancy allows her to manage Team Star from behind the scenes. This also turns out against her as she was unable to tell anyone about her being Cassiopeia or to get Team Star to stop what they were doing before they ended up risking getting expelled for truancy.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Well, most of her hair is blue anyway, and the official website describes her as a shy person. The "shy" part is subverted with the reveal that she's actually Cassiopeia, the founder of Team Star.
  • Signature Mon: Eevee and its evolutions in general. Fluffy backpack aside, her entire team is composed of them, with the Fairy-type Sylveon as her ace.
  • Simple Solution Won't Work: Principal Clavell, as "Clive", simply asks Penny why she tasked the player character, a newbie she's only met once, to take part in her dismantling of Team Star when all she could've done was just tell the leaders to stop it in the first place. She explains that she did tell them once, but they refused to step down. When he asks why not just order them to knock it off, she then reveals that there's a rule stating that no one can order others around. Given she wanted herself to eventually be fought and defeated as well, she couldn't do the mission herself either, so she went for a promising trainer who she had already seen was willing to stand up to Team Star.
  • Stealth Pun: She's Cassiopeia, the leader of Team Star and the one who created Operation Starfall. After she finally tells Team Star to stand down, she decides to make amends before Clavell stops her. In other words, she tried to take the fall for everything she did.
  • Stoic Spectacles: She wears glasses with large frames and is very shy.
  • Take a Third Option: As Cassiopeia, she was stuck between letting Team Star run free or having it dismantled but getting everyone expelled if she confessed. So she tasks the player to take them down one-by-one in her stead.
  • Trash of the Titans: While her computer workspace is clean, her room is cluttered with boxes that contain anime and figures that she ordered online. In addition, her kitchen is littered with boxes of instant food. Add that to her full team of Eeveelutions allowed to lie around, and there's not much free space in there. Her bed is also noted to have a lot of shed fur from her Veevees on it.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: It's eventually revealed she has a second persona initially portrayed as a separate character in the form of Cassiopeia, being her alias as leader of Team Star.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: While acting as the leader of Team Star, she only communicated with her subordinates in Team Star and the player via Rotom Phone.
  • Walking Spoiler: The Reveal that she's the true leader of Team Star, Cassiopeia, recontextualizes everything concerning Penny as a character.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Downplayed. Penny manipulates both her friends and the player, and steals from the League to finance Operation Starfall, but her actions aren't extreme so much as dishonest and forced by poor communication. Penny only ever founded Team Star to create an environment where the academy's students could be themselves without having to worry about being bullied, only for the plan to backfire and Team Star to become misrepresented as a group of delinquents themselves, and initiates Operation Starfall to stop the situation from snowballing further and save her friends from an unwarranted expulsion.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When the player's box legendary has a bad encounter with its counterpart in the Zero Lab, Nemona very insensitively wonders if it was sad for the family reunion being cut short. Penny harshly points out that Koraidon/Miraidon was terrified of its counterpart, and that things likely would have escalated into a brawl if it hadn't gotten distracted by the Zero Lab opening up.
    Are you joking?! There was nothing heartwarming about it! We were THIS close to getting caught up in a nasty brawl!
  • Wham Shot: Penny is at the school fighting grounds when you're supposed to meet with Cassiopeia... and she's smirking.


The Professors

    The Professors in General (UNMARKED ENDGAME SPOILERS
  • Ambiguously Evil: The original Professors themselves. They had several defensive measures installed around Area Zero to make sure their Time Machine would never shut down without a lot of effort and workarounds. Said Time Machine was very much a ticking time bomb for a massive ecological disaster, but Sada/Turo either ignored or viewed nothing wrong with that, prioritizing their dream research above all else. Even the AI that inherited their memories had to question their values, and it's possible that the ruthless, arrogant protocol AI dead-set on eliminating anyone obstructing their goals might reflect the original personality. That said, they did end up dying in a Heroic Sacrifice, so it could be just a matter of them taking the principles of For Science! to the extreme. The AI professor also vouches for the original's genuine love toward Arven, which is further supported by their journal entries, one of which describes the then infant Arven as "a new life [they] treasure" while another implies that their main motivation was to create a "paradise" that he could live in with them. Their explanation of this in same entry, however, paints them as deluded and obsessed, stating their belief that if they could bring enough ancient/future Pokémon to the present they could somehow create "a world like the one in the book-a paradise where we three can live happily together forever. I must make it real." Just what motivated them to feel the need for this sort of paradise is unclear.
  • Androids Are People, Too: They retain the memories and knowledge of their original selves, and are fully sentient, sapient and self-aware, with desires and values of their own.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted with the normal AI, who was based off the original Professor and actually appears to have a stronger moral code regarding the Time Machine. Played straight after the Paradise Protection Protocol takes over, as it is single-mindedly focused on achieving its goals and eradicating anyone in the way.
  • Apologetic Attacker: They really, really, really don't want to fight you. Alas, their programming dictates otherwise.
    AI Sada/Turo has no intention of fighting any more!
  • Archnemesis Dad: Depending on which version of the game you play, Sada/Turo turns out to be Arven's estranged parent.
  • Badass Bookworm: Aside from being scientists, both Professors are highly competent trainers who have managed to catch and train a full team of Paradox Pokemon.
  • Benevolent A.I.: The AI wants you to shut down the time machine, and only battles you because their programming forces them to.
  • Big Bad: The Paradise Protection Protocol itself is the closest thing the game has to one, as it persists beyond the original professor's death and continues to safeguard the time machine that threatens Paldea's ecology.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When the AI succumbs to the offensive protocol, their eyes glow cyan with black sclera as they turn on the player.
  • Body to Jewel: When the Paradise Protection Protocol takes over the AI, their body partially crystallizes, completely encasing a hand and covering their eyes and the inside of their mouth (though Turo's model has this disappear in some shots). Their face returns to normal when they regain their senses, but the crystals on their hand and clothing remain. These crystals likely are also what allow them to continue functioning once they leave for the past or future (as they require Tera crystals for an AI as advanced as them to exist).
  • Crazy-Prepared: Decades mostly sequestered in Area Zero gave the Professor tons of time to safeguard their time machine against any and all threats toward its continued operation, even after their death. Past the numerous security locks spread out across the mini-Death World known as Area Zero, the Professor went even further and built an AI to keep running the machine in their stead. On top of all that they included a last resort known as the Paradise Protection Protocol to override their AI with a facsimile of their own personality. All these paranoid safety measures truly drive in how obsessed the Professor was with reaching through time, and they work so well that the news of the Professor's death doesn't even reach their own son until perhaps months after the fact.
  • Dead All Along: The original Sada/Turo was killed protecting the player’s cover legendary during an accident shortly before the game's beginning.
  • Death by Irony: Their obsession with reaching into the past/future and keeping their time machine running at all costs ultimately led to their death at the hands of the Paradox Legendary.
  • Decomposite Character: The only parts of the Professor archaetype they retain are the credentials and being responsible for the generation's new battle gimmick, Terrastalisation.
  • Demonic Possession: Due to the AI Professors being fully sentient beings despite their artificial nature, the Paradise Protection Protocol taking them over essentially amounts to this.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: In the final battle against them, their dialogue sometimes uses numbers or other odd characters in place of letters, implying this trope.
  • Ending by Ascending: After the final defeat of the Paradise Protection Protocol, the AI Professor exiles themselves from the present, either flinging themselves back or forward in time depending on the game version, in an effort to both stop the time machine for good and to go to a place where they can have the freedom to act and grow that they've come to envy in the protagonists.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Inverted: After the reveal that the professor is dead, you can explore the lab and find a photo of a young Arven playing with Maschiff.
  • Fatal Flaw: Obsession. They were so consumed by their dream of creating a "paradise" for both Paradox and present-day Pokémon (and their own family), that they were blinded, willfully or not, to the danger that they would present if they were introduced into the ecosystem unchecked. This culminated in the original professor's death when the second Koraidon/Miraidon turned out to be much more aggressive than the first one, leading to the professor getting killed when they tried to intervene in a fight between the two. The same obsession causes problems even after their death, as it led to them making it nigh impossible to properly shut down the time machine.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When you enter the Professor's laboratory, they're slumped over a chair as if asleep. Except... their eyes are wide open.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a number of little hints throughout the game that a player would miss easily on that hint at their true nature:
    • When you first talk to the professor, they also address the character by their personal ID which is something that a normal Professor would have no way of accessing, both in the sense of the ID or the fact that the player was being enrolled into that school. Of course, a human wouldn't be able to access it, but an AI could. This is later repeated in Area Zero when the professor states both Nemona and Penny's IDs as well and the two even question if Arwen informed the professor of their presence prior.
    • The professor knows who Arven is, but never once acknowledges him as their son or mention any relation to him. At first this comes across as Parental Neglect in-line with Arven’s perception of them, but it later becomes apparent that it is not Arven’s true parent that we are speaking to.
    • After you complete any Titan on the "Path of Legends" Storyline, the Professor calls you almost immediately afterwards, commenting that they could detect Koraidon's/Miraidon's increase in power. This is despite the fact that you didn't contact them, and thus there was no way they could have possibly known that this had happened before you said anything, or how they could have found out without you telling them... unless they have an alternative means of finding out. In addition, the choice of the word "detect" stands as very artificial-sounding.
    • When you finally gain access to the Professor's Laboratory, the place looks utterly deserted, as if no one has lived or done anything there for ages. Additionally, the Professor ends up referring to themselves in the third person when talking about their research... as if they aren't the Professor... In relation to that, when you finally enter that lab, the professor detects a "human" presence.
    • After the group leaves the third lab station, Arven comments that their parent brought Koraidon/Miraidon home one day, and they lived together in the lighthouse lab. That is, until the Paradox Pokémon "went nuts against some wild Pokémon", and the professor had to relocate back to Area Zero to hide its existence. Arven then ponders that, after that time, he hadn't seen them in ages, and he felt like he had lost his parent because of Koraidon/Miraidon.
    • After the fourth lab, their voice starts glitching, only clearing up when they say "...Initiating restart." This is another case of weirdly artificial-sounding and ambiguous language choice; the party assumes that it's their connection dropping for some reason, but someone who's having connection issues on a call might say something like "can you hear me". An AI that's glitching out and needs to reboot, on the other hand, would fit that wording choice a lot better.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: The AI duplicated was created simply to be an assistant to the original professor but eventually develops their own awareness, enough to realize the flaws in the original's plan and take steps to stop it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Their original selves saved the player’s Koraidon's/Miraidon, at the cost of their own lives. Their AI selves permanently travel to the past/future in order to shut down the time machine once and for all.
  • Impersonation-Exclusive Character: We only meet their AI duplicates; while they keep the original Professors' memories and knowledge, they consider themselves to be separate beings rather than the same professors in new bodies.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: After their departure, Arven refers to them as "it" and treats them as objects that merely used the face and voice of his parent.
  • Karmic Death: Subverted. Area Zero builds up that something gruesome happened to the Professor as a direct result of them tampering with time, and it comes to light that the Professor was mortally wounded by one of the very Pokémon they'd misplaced from time and arrogantly thought they could control. The subversion comes when it's revealed they didn't die purely because of their arrogance. They died trying to save the first Legendary they brought through, a Pokémon they loved as much as their own son, and the one who killed them did not intend to do so. The Professor's death was ultimately their own fault, but they only paid the consequence when they put their life before someone else's.
  • Killed Off for Real: In an extremely unusual turn for Pokémon, Sada/Turo is the first character in the main series games to unambiguously die, with their real selves being killed by Koraidon/Miraidon, followed by the departure of their AI selves in the true ending. Their AI even emphasizes in detail that they are genuinely dead from injuries that were too severe to keep living, not that they disappeared or otherwise had an ambiguous fate.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Scarlet and Violet are, generally, fairly light-hearted (even by this series' standards). When the group of heroes travels to Area Zero, the tone shifts to a much more dire, eldritch gloom, which gets even worse when the AI Sada/Turo get overtaken by the defensive protocol that turns them into a murderous maniac that unleashes the disturbing Paradox Pokémon on you.
  • Lack of Empathy: Zigzagged. The posthumous character of the Professor certainly paints them as extremely lax from a moral standpoint (especially compared to their AI successor, who is frankly confounded at the lengths their creator went to preserve the time machine) which boils over at the revelation they were possibly fine letting vast swathes of Paldea be damaged by unchecked Paradox Pokémon. That said, "emotionally apathetic" seems a better term for the Professor; despite sequestering themselves in Area Zero, the Professor obviously loved their spouse, their estranged son Arven, and the first Paradox Legendary, to the point their death came about when they tried to save Koraidon/Miraidon from its territorial counterpart.
  • Mad Scientist: While the Professor's morality is a point of debate, their insanity certainly wasn't. All of the detail in Area Zero paints the Professor as an obsessed and incredibly paranoid recluse who spent decades consumed by their research on time travel. They made the infamously lethal Area Zero their base of operations and spent the rest of their life studying these Pokémon until their obsession literally killed them. When the Paradise Protection Protocol overrides their AI, the AI begins speaking as if they are the Professor brought back to life, suggesting the madman/madwoman fought at the end of the game is an accurate reflection of their most unfettered self.
  • Meaningful Name: They're (so far) the only professors in the mainline series not to be named after some species of tree, indicating that they aren't quite what we've come to expect.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When taken over by the time machine's security mechanisms, the AI Professors' eyes glow an even cyan. In the second phase their irises become multicolor crystals, averaging out to whitish-cyan.
  • Motherly Scientist: Or Fatherly, if we're talking about Turo; the original Professor's journal has them joyously describing the discovery of Koraidon/Miraidon by comparing it favorably to the birth of their son, implying that they loved it as much as they loved their own child. Deconstructed too, as Arven implies that his parent's obsession with the Legendary made him feel like The Unfavorite growing up.
    Professor Sada/Turo: I was expecting one new life to treasure, but what fortune to be blessed with this gift as well!
  • Never Say "Die": Zigzagged. The AI representing the Professor uses extremely clinical euphemisms to explicate the Professor's demise—"passed away" and "sustaining injuries that made life impossible"—but in the postgame Arven later refers to their parent's death in very stark terms.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The professor did everything in their power to ensure that the time machine would not be easily shut down:
    • First, the lab it's in is at the deepest part of the Area Zero, which is swarming with powerful wild Pokémon, including Paradox Pokémon, ensuring that no average trainer would be able to reach it.
    • Second, the time machine can only be shut down using the professor's copy of the Scarlet/Violet Book, something that only their son Arven, who's not particularly skilled at Pokémon battling, would be able to get from the professor's surface lab.
    • Third, any attempt at trying to shut down the time machine, even with the proper credentials, will be stopped by the AI professor, who battles with a full team of Paradox Pokémon. From a gameplay standpoint, not only is their team the highest leveled team before the post-game, and not only do Paradox Pokémon have stats on par with legendaries, but half the team will be guaranteed to be Pokémon that the player hasn't encountered yet, and the other half are species that the player has only encountered recently, meaning that the player starts off with a huge information disadvantage and is most likely scrambling to figure out what the heck they're fighting.
      • As the cherry on top, the last and most powerful of the Paradox Pokémon carries Booster Energy in order to trigger its Ability and gain a stat boost to their highest stat.
    • Fourth, assuming that someone managed to beat the AI professor, a secondary protocol forces the time machine to reactivate, lock all Pokéballs not registered to the professor, and force the AI professor to send out a hostile version of the box legendary.
    • Finally, even defeating the Paradise Protection Protocol doesn't prevent the machine from working, it just stops the AI Professor from being controlled by the Protocol. Actually shutting down the machine requires the removal of the AI Professor, one way or another, as it can and will continue to function indefinitely otherwise.
  • Odd Name Out: As mentioned above, Sada and Turo do not follow the Floral Theme Naming as the previous professors; instead their names are connected to temporal terms. This separates them as eventual antagonists to the player, while Clavell takes over the floral name as the main guide and mentor to the protagonist.
  • Painting the Medium: The battles against them have nonstandard introductory text. Round 1 starts with "AI Sada/Turo has initiated a battle!" For round 2, the statement "You are challenged by AI Sada/Turo!" quickly corrupts with static, blocks, and question marks, has a few Freeze Frame Bonuses ("Paradise Protection Protocol initialized." "AI Sada/Turo has no intention of fighting any more!") and ends as "You are challenged by the Paradise Protection Protocol!"
  • Parents as People: While they truly cared for their son Arven, the nature of their work meant that they were too busy to be that involved with their childhood. They were also hit pretty hard by their spouse walking out on them, which partly contributed into creating an AI version of themselves.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Literally — it's implied that they loved Arven's Mabosstiff almost as much as he does.
    • It's subtle, but it's also implied that the Professor genuinely cared for Koraidon/Miraidon — the legendary shows no fear or anger upon seeing them in Clavell's television screen, the AI Professor mentions that the Professor was Koraidon/Miraidon's original trainer and they died trying to protect it from its more aggressive counterpart. In their journals, they speak of it the way a doting parent would speak of their child, treating its arrival as a "treasure" comparable to the birth of their son.
  • Posthumous Character: The original Professor, as their AI replacement turns out to be a distinct, Morally Superior Copy. The biggest twist in the plot; the original Professors have been dead for a while by the time the story begins (their estranged son Arven none the wiser) but the sheer breadth of what they created to keep their time machine running postmortem mean their obsession continues to drive the story's conflict.
  • Red Herring: Early promotional material implied that they'd be serving the role of the game's primary Pokémon Professor, but they're physically absent for most of the story and Director Clavell instead takes up the more proactive role of previous Professors. Indeed, it's Clavell and not Sada or Turo who provides the "World of Pokémon" intro to the game, traditionally done by Professors, and who shares the trope of "Plant-named professor" with multiple members of his staff, including Jacq.
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch: When they greet the player and company at the fourth and final lab station, they suddenly start saying "Hello, children." and "I'm sorry." over and over while stuttering, mixing up, skipping over, and stretching out each letter. Then they say "...Initiating restart." out loud and try to tell everyone that it was just wireless interference.
  • Restraining Bolt: Due to their programming, the AI is literally incapable of shutting down the dangerous time machine prompting them to enlist the aid of the protagonists to do it for them.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Their robot selves are so human looking that they're indistinguishable from an actual human save for their jerky movements when their eyes glow. They're also fully sentient and self-aware, though they consider themselves distinct from the actual professors.
  • Robotic Reveal: After their real selves died saving the player’s Koraidon/Miraidon, they were replaced by a perfect AI version of themselves.
  • Rotten Robotic Replacement: Inverted. The original Professor is painted as having been more morally gray due to their obsession with creating a paradise for their Paradox Pokémon, while their AI replacement, when acting of their own accord, is more unambiguously heroic and altruistic. They even mention that they can't see any logic in destroying Paldea's ecosystem, suggesting it's because they're a robot that they can separate themselves from the professor's singleminded vision.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Once the party makes a not-so-smooth landing into Area Zero, the professor contacts them to ensure they're okay. When Arven snarks that no one could complain about their landing, Sada/Turo takes him at his word. Justified in that unbeknownst to the crew until the bottom of Area Zero, they were an AI the whole time.
    Penny: I think your mom's/dad's sarcasm detector needs fixing...
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Aside from the very first trailer for the games, they pretty much never show up in any more of the promotional videos, hinting at their major significance to the plot.
  • Social Darwinist: The original professors knew that the Paradox Pokémon breaking out of Area Zero would devastate Paldea's ecology, but considered such destruction to be a natural part of life. This is despite their introduction to the present coming about through very much unnatural means.
  • So Proud of You: The trope name is said word for word to Arven by the AI professors when they talk about how much they cared for Arven as their child.
  • True Final Boss: The actual final boss of the game, fought after completing all three of the main stories.
  • The Unfettered: Absolutely nothing would stop the Professor from running the time machine. Not their spouse running out on them, not the influx of deadly past/future Pokémon going rampant, not the risk of the entire region being desolated by their research. Not even their own gruesome death at the hands of the Paradox Legendary stops their ambition, as they had gone to every single measure to keep the machine running posthumously.
  • Villain Override: When the AI professor is taken over by the time machine's defense mechanism, the Paradise Protection Protocol, they suddenly take on a personality that's more evocative of their creator's fervent desire to keep the time machine up and running, as if they were possessing their robot duplicate from beyond the grave.
  • Walking Spoiler: To put it very mildly, Professor Sada/Turo is not at all who the player is likely to think they are walking in.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Journal entries in the research stations imply that the professors were this, wanting to create a "paradise" where they, their son, and a third person (either their partner or Maschiff) could live together in harmony, and going to desperate, terrible lengths to do it.
  • Wham Line: When their robotic natures are revealed, accompanied by a Wham Shot of their eyes flashing red (Sada) or cyan (Turo) and their bodies jerkily standing up, like a robot:
    "Deactivating sleep mode."
  • Would Hurt a Child: The defensive protocols that serve as the Final Boss are completely willing to try and murder the player, Nemona, Penny, and Arven in cold blood, even going so far as to seal their Pokéballs so that they don't have a chance of fighting back (granted, given that the protocols are acting purely on their own programming, they may not be aware of who they're attacking the way the AI is).

    Professor Sada (Ōrimu) 

Professor Sada / Ōrimu (オーリム oorimu)

One of the two Pokémon professors, who is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet, and is the mother of Arven.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her top exposes her abs.
  • Cute Little Fangs: The second trailer shows her long canines when she talks.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sada" is short for "pasada", which is the feminine form of the Spanish word for "past". Her Japanese name comes from the Latin word "olim", meaning "once upon a time".
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Given her youthful appearance and rather casual clothing, Sada looks more like Arven's older sister than his mother.

    Professor Turo (Futū) 

Professor Turo / Futū (フトゥー futuu)

One of the two Pokémon professors, who is exclusive to Pokémon Violet, and is the father of Arven.

  • Character Tics: Has a particular tendency to scratch that exceptionally chiselled jawline of his.
  • Meaningful Name: "Turo" is short for "futuro", which is Spanish for "future". His Japanese name, "Futū", also comes from the word "future".
  • Future Spandex: He wears a form-fitting body suit that covers him from neck to toe under his lab coat, evoking the style of bodysuits seen in works about the future/technology-advanced societies.


League Officials

    Rika (Chili) 

Rika (チリ chiri)

The first member of the Paldea Elite Four, specializing in Ground-type Pokémon. On top of her duties in the Elite Four, she's also the one who manages the Champion Assessment that challengers must pass before taking on the Paldea League.

  • Accent Adaptation:
    • From the Kansai regional dialect in Japanese to a vaguely country accent in English.
    • The Italian translation changes it to an extremely thick Roman dialect.
  • Bifauxnen: She dresses in a button-up shirt with pants and suspenders and is quite easy to mistake for a young man, particularly if you missed the long ponytail behind her at first glance.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as one towards Poppy, doting on her like a little sister.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her specialty is Ground-type Pokémon.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • From Chili in Japanese to Rika in English (after paprika), maintaining the theme of spicy seasoning. It was likely changed to avoid confusion with Chili from Pokémon Black and Whitenote .
    • In Spanish, her name is Cayena, referencing cayenne peppers instead. The same reference is used in German (Cay), French (Cayenn), and Italian (Capsi, from the genus Capsicum).
  • Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name can also be read as the katakana for the chili seasoning. Her English name meanwhile references the paprika. Her Spanish, German, French, and Italian names refer to cayenne peppers.
  • Foil: Both she and Larry are members of the Paldea League who (mostly) look like they belong in a Standard Office Setting. But Rika comes off as considerably more well-adjusted than her more cynical, perpetually exhausted counterpart. (It helps that unlike him, she doesn't try to juggle more than one job.)
  • The Glasses Come Off: She takes off the Nerd Glasses she wears while battling.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: She speaks in Kansai-ben in the Japanese version, most obviously in how she introduces herself with the colloquial Kansai greeting まいど (maido). It's translated as a vague country accent in the English localization.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name seems to come from chi (地), Japanese for "earth," and also is literally the English word "chili" in katakana, from the plant and seasoning. Her English name comes from paprika, a ground seasoning as well as "Riku", the Japanese word for land.
  • Nerd Glasses: She wears a pair of cat eye glasses while she runs the first portion of the Champion Assessment.
  • Only Sane Woman: She comes off as the most level-headed among the Elite Four, what with Poppy being a very energetic little girl, Larry's perpetual dour attitude, and Hassel's Inelegant Blubbering tendencies. That said, she's a bit quirky herself, as pointed out by Hassel.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: She has a bang covering her left eye and comes off as no-nonsense and unapproachable, fitting for the first Elite Four member fought.
  • Proud Beauty: When she introduces herself, she says, "I know I'm pretty, but no need to get intimidated or anything."
  • Signature Mon: Her ace is Clodsire.
  • Sore Loser: Downplayed; She still applauds you for beating her, but she does it in a way that comes off as begrudging.
  • Stealth Pun: Rika is a Ground-type specialist, and the Only Sane Woman of the Elite Four. In other words, she's a very grounded individual.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version, she refers to herself in first-person as "Chili-chan," perhaps to make her femininity more apparent. She only does it occasionally in the English version ("let good ol' Rika be your first opponent").
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Has a thigh-length ponytail, fitting for her overall Bifauxnen looks.


Poppy (ポピー popii)

The second member of the Paldea Elite Four, specializing in Steel-type Pokémon. This little girl can often be found following Rika or Hassel wherever they go, and they treat her like she was their younger sister. She barely reaches up to most people's knees, is full of cheer... and happens to be one of the strongest Trainers in Paldea.

  • Badass Adorable: She's an absolutely adorable, tiny child, but as a member of the Elite Four (and the youngest Elite Four member in the entire franchise up to this point), she's one of the strongest trainers in the region and more than capable of mopping the floor with you. Her Signature Mon, Tinkaton, qualifies for the trope too.
  • Blush Sticker: Has a perpetual, childlike blush on her face.
  • Cheerful Child: Full of energy, as you'd expect from someone her age.
  • Child Prodigy: Looks less than half the protagonist's age but is probably twice as accomplished, being a member of the Paldea Elite Four.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She uses Steel-type Pokémon in battle.
  • Extremely Protective Child: One of her biggest motivations in battle is to thrash the player in revenge for beating Rika.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Her names comes from the Poppy, a common field flower.
  • Meaningful Name: Both her Japanese and English names reference the Poppy flowers.
  • Signature Mon: Her ace is Tinkaton, fitting her small yet powerful nature.
  • Sore Loser: Bursts into tears like a baby when she's defeated. Justified, as her level of skill at such a young age means she probably hasn't had to cope with many major losses before, and she admits she rarely gets to battle as an Elite Four in general so few trainers even approaching her level of skill show up to battle. And to her credit, it's less her losing that makes her cry and more that she wasn't able to avenge Rika's loss, and she stops crying after some words from the latter.

    Hassel (Hassaku) 

Hassel (ハッサク hassaku)

The fourth and last member of the Paldea Elite Four, specializing in Dragon-type Pokémon. He is also a member of the Naranja/Uva Academy faculty, serving as the art teacher.

  • Badass Teacher: He's the Academy's art teacher and also the second strongest trainer in the region after Geeta.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an older man who's quite kind and friendly to his students. Poppy even calls him "Grandpa Hassel".
  • A Degree in Useless: He is fully aware that most of his students aren't actually going to need anything from his fine arts class in their future, but he's still trying to teach things that can help everyone grow. His classes often take a turn for the philosophical. That being said, he does teach students how to use an artist's eye for detail to identify Tera Types at a glance.
  • Dragon Tamer: He specializes in Dragon-types.
  • Edible Theme Naming: His name comes from hassaku (八朔), aka "Jagada", a type of orange cultivated in Japan.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He breaks down into utterly hilarious bawling out of pride when the player defeats him, much to Rika's exasperation.
  • The Mentor: Taking his art classes reveals that he took Brassius under his wing for a time and guided him out of an artistic slump, which lead to the creation of the "Surrendering Sunflora" sculptures in Artazon.
  • Not So Stoic: He keeps a stoic countenance, but he openly cries out of pride when the player character bests him.
    • He as well bursts into tears during one of his art classes when Brassius tells about his past.
  • Rebel Prince: The first son of a rich and long-established family of dragon tamers, he would be the current head if he didn't run off to become a musician, and later a teacher. His family still regularly sends envoys to harass him into coming back, but he loves teaching too much to accept.
  • Signature Mon: His ace is the pseudo-legendary Baxcalibur.
  • Stealth Pun: Once he Terastalizes his Baxcalibur, he states that there's no need to let things "drag on".

    Ms. Geeta (Omodaka) 

Ms. Geeta / Omodaka (オモダカ omodaka)

The chairwoman of the Pokémon League in Paldea and its Top Champion, known as "La Primera".

  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: According to the website, she reigns supreme in the Paldea League as its most skilled trainer and is idolized by all the region's trainers.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: She wears a black suit, befitting her role as both the chairwoman of the Pokémon League and the Top Champion of Paldea.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Geeta is a nice and affable lady who is never shown to get angry. At the end of the Area Zero storyline, however, she casually forces Penny into fixing the security flaws she exploited in the League Point system, all with a sweet smile on her face. Larry also claims that she docks his pay when he engages in idle chitchat.
  • Big Good: As described by the official website, she's both the chairwoman of Paldea's Pokémon League and its Top Champion, and a lot of Pokémon Trainers look up to her.
  • Blood Knight: Is very eager to go all-out when the player finally challenges her to battle. She also mentions how this aspect of her is a bit of a bad habit due to how few trainers take the Champion test nowadays.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from Omodaka (沢瀉), a tree called the threeleaf arrowhead/Chinese arrowhead (Sagittaria trifolia).
  • Jerkass to One: Geeta is generally a pleasant and polite woman, but she might dislike Larry: he reveals that she docks his pay if he engages in too much chitchat during Gym battles.
  • Just the First Citizen: She's considered the most powerful trainer in the region and is chairwoman of both the Paldean Pokémon League and the Academy, but most people refer to her simply as "La Primera", or "the first", as in the #1 Champion.
  • No Hero to His Valet: While she is adored by the public at large, Geeta's greatest critics are those who work under her and thus know her better than the average citizen. Several of the Gym Leaders express some frustration with her for various reasons, be it simply personality clashes or issues with her way of running things. They still respect her, but several of them don't seem to necessarily like her, in particular Ryme.
  • Recurring Element: The website describes her as both the strongest Trainer in the Paldea region and a mild-mannered yet commanding figure — similar to previous female champions Cynthia and Diantha.
  • Signature Mon: Her strongest Pokémon is Glimmora.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As described by the official website, she bears similarities to Chairman Rose — both of them are dark-skinned chairpersons that run the Pokémon League with a not-so-different naming theme. Unlike Rose, Geeta is not the Big Bad. She's exactly what she appears to be on the surface.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Her color palette of black, blue and yellow accents with her wavy hair are identical to her ace, Glimmora.

School Staff

    In General 
  • Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged Trope in at least two occassions:
    • For the most part, this is Averted in the game as many of the teachers are willing to help the students however they can. The director himself stepped in to actually get to the bottom of the Team Star mess to understand why they are created in the first place.
    • Played straight with the previous Principal and Staff of the Academy as they did nothing to stop the bullying that it eventually led to the creation of Team Star. The Deputy Director even attempted to cover up the incident by erasing the records in order to save themselves from scrutiny, something that appalled the previous staff when they found out. After firing them, the previous staff, including the former Director Harrington, all resigned over the situation as it marked their failure as teachers. The teachers and staff that the Player Character are familiar with over the course of the game are new teachers who joined about one and half years ago, and to their credit have tried to avert this.
  • Badass Teacher: A given due to the staff being teachers in a region wide Trainer school, but many of the teachers are skilled battlers.
  • Cool Teacher: All of them are varying degrees of this, always being eager to help out their students in whatever way they can.
  • Decomposite Character: The roles typically fufilled by the game's professor are taken up by different staff memebers, with Director Clavell being the one to give the player their first Pokemon and Jacq being the one who invented and charges the player with completing the game's Pokedex.


Clavell (クラベル kuraberu)

The stern director of the academy, and a friend of Professors Sada and Turo.

  • Baldness Angst: Occurs during a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during a conversation in the Director's Office. Turns out, it's not just his Clive hair that's a wig.
  • Blatant Lies: Near the end of Starfall Street, he tries claiming that he is Cassiopeia. The player can immediately point out how blatantly he's lying. Though it's quickly revealed after defeating him that he was testing the player to confirm if they were strong enough to take on the real Cassiopeia.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His suit changes color depending on what version you're playing.
  • Cool Old Guy: A good-natured and supportive old man who acts as a Reasonable Authority Figure to the students and faculty. He's also no slouch as a battler either, as his boss fight shows.
  • Dodgy Toupee: His Clive wig looks deliberately fake, and is the butt of multiple jokes from Team Star and Penny. Averted with his usual toupee, which looks more natural and is only revealed as such in an out-of-the-way conversation.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His name comes from Kuraberu (クラベル)/Clavel, the Spanish word for carnation.
  • In-Series Nickname: When he has a guest appearance on Iono's stream for her Gym Challenge, she refers to him as "Mr. Walksabout" when she tasks the player with finding him in various crowds of people.
  • Meaningful Name: Clavell is Spanish for "Carnation". Given the Floral Theme Naming of previous Professors, this is a hint that he fills the role of the "Pokémon Professor" archetype in the game more than the actual Professors, Sada and Turo.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Clive is just Clavell wearing a pompadour wig and a school uniform(and a mismatched one at that) in an attempt to go incognito during Operation Starfall. The player is given the option to see through his disguise, which he'll vehemently deny — but it does manage to fool Penny. In fact, when he does reveal himself as Clavell, the player can snarkily point out that they already knew it was him.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: He is introduced when he personally comes to your house to give your mother the entrance papers after an administrative error, and his benevolence doesn't end there. Despite his stoic behaviour he's always portrayed as supportive and helpful, cheerfully gets roped up into Iono's shenanigans out of gratitude for the League's help with the academy, and generally tries to do his best to help everyone. When he realizes the school is so peaceful due to the actions of Team Star shortly before he became employed there, he wishes to have their reputation exonerated.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • At the end of Operation Starfall, he decides that Team Star can be reinstated and revokes the threat of expulsion. However, he still has to remind them that they did break many rules — like their truancy and unauthorized use of school equipment — so they will have to partake in community service to make up for it.
    • At the end of the Area Zero storyline, while he does note that the player did enter the Great Crater of Paldea completely against the academy's rules, the fact that they saved all of Paldea from potential ecological ruin is more than enough to overrule the violation.
  • Signature Mon: He uses the starter that's strong against yours during his boss fight, implied to be the one that Nemona did not pick.
  • Totally Radical: He does a few attempts at teenage slang here and there... with major emphasis on "attempts". In fact he'll even ask you for help understanding how youngins talk if you follow his dialogues.
  • Unishment: The community service he assigns to Penny and Team Star's five leaders is to repurpose their bases as training camps for students, with the five leaders running it. Penny even lampshades how what is supposed to be a punishment is actually purely beneficial for them.

    Jacq (Zinnia) 

Jacq / Zinnia (ジニア jinia)

The player's whimsical and clumsy homeroom teacher, and a biology professor. He developed the Pokédex app for the Rotom Phone.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: The official website describes him as somewhat airheaded and prone to getting lost in his own research. His clothes and hair are also messy. His focus on his Pokédex work can sometimes leak into his classes; Clavell ends up chewing him out for sneaking an user survey into his midterm exams.
  • Dub Name Change: Likely changed from Zinnia to avoid confusion with the Zinnia from ORAS.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Two weeks before Scarlet and Violet's scheduled release, Jacq debuted in Pokémon GO on November 5, 2022, after the Dratini Community Day event. He contacted Professor Willow and discussed mysterious coins that have appeared from PokéStops in the game.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: His glasses have hexagon-shaped frames.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name puns on the English word "genius" (pronounced ジニアス jiniasu in Japanese), which is fitting since he's the player's homeroom teacher.
  • Signature Mon: Farigiraf, which he uses during the Academy Ace Tournament.

The usually sedate and kind Math teacher of the academy, and the older sister of Ryme, the Montenevera Gym Leader.
  • Anime Hair: Tyme's hair is done up to resemble rock formations.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's normally a gentle and sweet old lady, but angering her is a very bad idea, and not even Clavell, the academy's director is safe from her wrath. Hassel also mentions he got a stern talking-to from her after he got too emotional in class.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: If you battle her in the Academy Ace tournament, she'll show off her team of Rock types.
  • Family Theme Naming: With her sister Ryme.
  • Fangirl: Not her, but her friendship story involves Tyme dealing with a student who is a fan of her during her days as a Gym Leader.
  • Mama Bear: She gets righteously angry when she finds out that Clavell was battling with the player - on school grounds, no less.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is derived from the herb thyme.
  • Retired Badass: She was the previous Montenevera Gym Leader before retiring from battling to be a teacher.
  • Signature Mon: She'll Terastalize a Garganacl in the Academy Ace tournament.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While they have vastly different styles, Tyme and Ryme have such similar facial features that you'd think they were twins.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played for Laughs. She is not happy to find out that Clavell instigated a battle with a student (the player) outside of authorized school grounds. Clavell does try to explain the reason behind it, but Tyme won't hear any of it and demands they write a letter of apology to Geeta and the student body.

The energetic and motivated Battle Studies teacher of the academy.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Has a Fighting type team.
  • Childhood Friends: A long time childhood friend of Alfornada's Gym Leader Tulip.
  • Kiai: She'll let out an "Osu!" at the start of her lessons.
  • Lethal Chef: She is good at battling but is bad at cooking in any form. Her friendship story revolves around her trying to at least make a decent sandwich for once out of gratitude to Miriam.
  • Running Gag: A recurring gag throughout her classes is that the bell rings before she can actually get to any hands-on application of the theory she teaches. This lasts all the way to the final class.
  • Signature Mon: Dendra is always accompanied by a Medicham. However, if you face her in the Academy Ace tournament she'll Terastallize a Hariyama instead.

The muscular and jolly Home economics teacher of the academy.
  • Chef of Iron: He's the Home economics teacher of the school who is also just as much a Badass Teacher like the rest of the staff.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Invoked and ultimately subverted. His appearance had students believe that he isn't the type to like sweets and this troubles Saguaro himself who has a Sweet Tooth. He fears letting the students who admire him down for showing such a preference so he often ends up having to order a spicy food because of this.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite having a muscular and rugged look, he is the Home economics teacher of the school and has a Sweet Tooth. His Signature Mon in the Academy Ace tournament is also a Hatterene to further cement this.
  • Signature Mon: If you face him in the Academy Ace tournament, he'll Terastalize a Hatterene.

The stylish and witty Languages teacher of the academy.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He is a language teacher who peppers his speech with words from a variety of foreign languages, particularly French.
  • Happily Married: He mentions a wife he is devoted to during one of his classes.
  • Hippie Teacher: While he does do his job of teaching languages (and attempt to understand Pokémon), he's way more focused on befriending his students and imparting life lessons, usually of the very optimistic kind. He also clearly sees little value in grades and even adds a freebie to all of his exams (a question that simply asks what his name is).
  • Signature Mon: If you face him in the Academy Ace tournament, he Terastilizes his Raichu.

The quirky and opinionated History teacher of the academy.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The game emphasizes some of her expressions in a way that makes her look suspicious and like she has hidden villainous intentions. She can also be notably more harsher with her words towards the player than her fellow teachers. However, this turns out to be downplayed: she certainly isn't a villain or even particularly important to the story, but she has interest in the region's legendary Pokémon, which in the past brought horrible ruin and were sealed away, and implies that she needed the player to free and catch them because Only the Pure of Heart can pull out the stakes keeping them sealed away, implying she herself doesn't fill that role. Also, while she ultimately lets you keep the legendary Pokémon after finding them, she mentions afterwards that she's more than willing to take them off your hands if you ever don't want them anymore, despite knowing their destructive power and history. Topping it off, the reward you get for completing her friendship quest is a TM for Nasty Plot. Her interactions with the player character also make no secret that she wishes to use them for her own benefit and amusement, though she argues there are benefits for the student as well. She also uses three Pokémon generally stereotyped as evil/mischievous (Zoroark, Seviper, and Gengar) during the Academy Ace tournament.
    Raifort: Yes, this one may indeed be of great use to me someday... ah, you can disregard that. I was simply thinking out loud.
  • Brutal Honesty: Raifort has opinions, and she's not afraid to use them. Follow her classes, and you'll regularly hear her complain about things like how boring modern history is compared to ancient mysteries, or how the giant Poké Ball decorating the academy just looks awful.
  • Ms. Exposition: Naturally, as the History teacher, Raifort provides exposition about the lore of Paldea, particularly about the Great Crater of Paldea and Area Zero. She also explains the lore behind the Treasures of Ruin. She much prefers talking about history that is at least a few centuries old, barely hiding her disgust when she has to recount something that happened only a decade or so ago.
  • Mythology Gag: She wears accessories that look like past games' legendaries, such as a Marshadow hairclip, an Articuno necklace, and a Lunala belt buckle. This also serves to illustrate her interest in ancient history and legends.
  • Older Is Better: A firm believer in this. She prefers the past and considers anything more recent unworthy of her interest.
  • Signature Mon: If you face her in the Academy Ace tournament, she Terastilizes her Gengar.

The lovely and bored School Nurse who likes to hear exploits of your adventures.
  • Feet-First Introduction: In her first storyline conversation, the camera points at her feet before panning up.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's well aware that most kids that come to the infirmary either want to skip class or spend time with her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Students friendly with her call her Mimi.
  • Signature Mon: If you face her in the Academy Ace tournament, she Terastalizes a Toxapex.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Downplayed. In the end of her friendship story, she finally manages to pass the health teacher examination... only to be told that there's no space or time to add in a health class for the current term. She isn't too bothered by this, and is just happy to have finally achieved her goal, with the implication that such a class will be added the next school year.

The former director of Naranja/Uva Academy, currently acting as a tutor for Team Star's Ortega.
  • Mr. Exposition: He provides the most exposition on Team Star's backstory. This information, kept in the dark for the better part of the past 18 months, is a shocker to Clavell, who had no prior knowledge apart from Team Star being absent from classes.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to prevent the bullying of Team Star's leaders, which led to the team's formation and eventual villainization by the rest of the school. Even worse, Harrington's deputy director erased the records (probably including security camera footage) of bullying incidents in the hopes of saving the school's reputation.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears once, but it was the inaction of him and his staff that ultimately led to the formation of Team Star, something he deeply regrets.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence reveals the backstory of Team Star's leaders.

Gym Leaders

    Katy (Kaede) 

Katy / Kaede (カエデ kaede)

The leader of the Cortondo Gym. Katy is a baker who specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She promises the player that they'll be "in for a world of pain" if they underestimate her Bug-type Pokémon.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: On the plump side, and portrayed as extremely adorable. Her epithet is even "The Sugarbug".
  • Floral Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from kaede(楓), which is the maple tree.
  • Hartman Hips: She sports an impressive set of hips to emphasize her sweet and motherly nature.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her sweet demeanor, she’s actually a very aggressive battler who wishes she wasn’t Paldea’s designated Warmup Boss so she could go all out.
  • Irony: Normally a baker wouldn't like insects swarming around during food prep, yet Katy's speciality is Bug-types whom she adores.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She's dressed in chef attire as you'd expect from her line of work. Look closer, and you'll see a pattern on her hat that makes it look like she has a pair of antennae. Her ponytail also looks like a cocoon.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name comes from the insect katydid.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Played with. Her team includes the Bug-type Nymble and Tarountula, but her strongest Pokémon is a Terastallized Teddiursa, later Ursaring, which would normally be a pure Normal-type.
  • Red Baron: The Sugarbug.
  • Signature Mon:
    • Her last non-Terastallized Bug-type during her first battle is Tarountula, which evolves into Spidops for her rematch.
    • She Terastallizes her Teddiursa, which evolves into Ursaring for the rematch.
  • Stealth Pun: Teddiursa (Ursaring in the rematch) gets Terastallized into a Bug-type, making it a bugbear.
  • Supreme Chef: She's the owner of Patisserie Soapberry, encouraging her Vivillon to eat up before the Gym Battle officially begins. To drive the point home, her task for the player is olive rolling.
  • Sweet Baker: When she isn't acting in her official capacity as Gym Leader, she's a pastry chef, and the owner of the Patisserie Soapberry. She even gives you cupcakes when you defeat her!
  • Warm-Up Boss: Level wise, she's generally the first Gym Leader you face. The post-game reveals that this is actually invoked by Geeta to give new Trainers a fighting chance, and in her rematch, Katy is thrilled that she no longer has to hold back.
  • Willfully Weak: While true of every Gym Leader, this is especially invoked for Katy as she relates in the post-game. Because her gym is so close to the academy, it is often the first one new trainers face. Due to this, Geeta requested that Katy be especially soft on them in battle. She admits to the player character that she has gotten tired of how this means her Bug types lose so often, and declares she's going to hold back less from now on even if it means new trainers complain about it.

    Brassius (Colza) 

Brassius / Colza (コルサ korusa)

The leader of the Artazon Gym. Brassius is an artist who specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.

  • Anime Hair: His hair looks like he has thorny vines growing from his head.
  • Breaking Old Trends: In the past, all Grass type specialists have had a very friendly and soft disposition and appearance, similar to the pretty plants and flowers their type is associated with. Brassius breaks this trend by not only being more dour and brooding in general, but by having a much sharper and darker design that brings thorny vines and carnivorous plants like the Venus Flytrap to mind.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Follows the long established tradition of Pokémon trainers that can leap from great heights without injury. In his case he has trained himself to leap from a couple story tall windmill when starting gym battles, as he believes it enhances the experience for the challenger. While he does admit it is hard on his knees, realistically such a jump would risk breaking the legs of any normal person.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-universe. Art means a great deal to Brassius, to the point he even treats Pokémon battles as works of art and is always in search of artistic quality, using his Gym Test to help judge a Trainer’s aesthetic sensibilities.
  • Dub Name Change: In English his name is changed from the Japanese "Colza", likely since there's already a Colza in the English version of Legends: Arceus.
  • Edible Theme Naming: His Japanese name comes from Korusa (コルサ), which means canola.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite his dour and scary appearance, he's rather enthusiastic about his craft, and when he helps teach one of Hassel's classes, he happily tells a story about how Hassel helped to inspire him, showing a rather sweet and friendly side to his personality.
  • Green Thumb: He specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Played with. Even though he is the Grass-type specialist, the "Seek Your Treasure!" trailer shows his team having a Terastallized Sudowoodo, meaning that he has a Rock-type Pokémon which acts as a Grass-type Pokémon. Bug-, Fire-, and Flying-types will need to think twice taking on his Sudowoodo since, while it's vulnerable to those types, it has Rock-type moves to counter them.
  • Large Ham: In spite of his dour and brooding appearance, Brassius is very passionate about his work.
  • Red Baron: "The Verdant Virtuoso".
  • Signature Mon:
    • He uses the Smoliv line prior to his Terastallized Pokémon.
    • His last team member is a Terastallized Sudowoodo.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe; his most well-known art piece as described by the official website is a statue installation known as "Surrendering Sunflora", which depicts the titular Pokémon with somber expressions. Just what these Sunflora are surrendering to has been heavily debated amongst connoisseurs. During an art class he helps teach, he reveals the "surrendering" part was more a reflection of himself prior to getting over a terrible art slump, where he nearly surrendered to his own grief.
  • Whip It Good: He has a whip that looks like a long, thorny vine.

    Iono (Nanjamo) 

Iono / Nanjamo (ナンジャモ nanjamo)
Voiced by: Fairouz Ainote 

The leader of the Levincia Gym. Iono is a streamer who specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.

  • Anime Hair: Her hair is colored pastel blue and pink/purple and is somehow tied into the shape of a bow at the front of her head.
  • Attention Whore: She places great emphasis on viewer engagement on her channel and the number of views she gets, and often has to catch herself when she starts getting excited about her increasing her stream’s popularity on camera.
  • Badass Adorable: A very cute and bubbly girl who works as a popular streamer, and is also a competent trainer in her own right.
  • Bokukko: She uses the boku pronoun for herself in her reveal trailer, which has Japanese voice acting.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Your eyeballs are MINE - caught in my Electroweb!", said at the start and end of her streams.
    • When talking about herself, her "Whosawhatsit? Iono"-s in English is "Nanimonanja? Nanjamo", making an alliterative phrase.
  • Circling Birdies: When defeated in battle, her Magnemite hair clips detach and circle around her head in a panic while she's dazed, giving this impression.
  • Cute Oversized Sleeves: She has big yellow sleeves that highlights her cuteness.
  • Dub Name Change: To Iono, punning on the theme of her Japanese name and also "ion".
  • Expressive Accessory: Her hairclips emote and spin around based on how Iono feels.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: On one leg, she wears a ribbon around her thigh. On the other, she wears a long sock with a metallic texture. Her hair and the Magnemite clips on it are also colored differently to the left and to the right, alternating between pink and teal.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Other than the pun on "Nanjamonja", which is described in detail below, it also comes from Nanjamonja-no-ki(なんじゃもんじゃの木), which is the Japanese name of Chionanthus retusus, the Chinese fringetree. Her English name, also seems to come from the "iona" from "Chionanthus".
  • Game Show Host:
    • In her debut stream, she hosts a segment where she asks her viewers to guess her partner Pokémon; viewers can ask her for hints such as the Pokémon's characteristics or appearance.
    • For her Gym Challenge, she makes a game show out of playing hide-and-seek with Clavell, or "Mr. Walksabout" as she calls him.
  • Genki Girl: Highly excitable, and constantly bouncing around.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Starts some of her streams with "'Ello 'ello, hola! Ciao, and bounjour!"
  • Meaningful Name: Alluding to her Game Show Host tendencies, her Japanese name "Nanjamo" derives from ナンジャモンジャ nanjamonja, which is a name given to unusually large trees growing in a particular place and literally translates to "What is this?" Her English name follows suit, punning on "Iunno" ("I don't know").
  • Motor Mouth: Speaks very, very, very quickly.
  • No-Sell: Her Mismagius' Levitate ability makes it immune to Ground-type attacks, which means it has no weaknesses when she Terastallizes it into an Electric-type.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: She asks the viewer to subscribe to her channel and hype her stream, although she takes that last one back. The video introducing her even ends with a fictional subscribe button like the ones seen in many real life streams.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Like Brassius, Iono plays with this. Her strongest Pokémon is Mismagius, normally Ghost-type but with an Electric Terastal Type. Since Mismagius' ability is Levitate, it's therefore outright immune to Electric's only type weakness.
  • Punny Name: Iono; an ion being a molecule or atom with a positive or negative charge.
  • Red Baron: The Supercharged Streamer.
  • Scary Teeth: Her teeth are fully serrated, though her general energy and mischievousness makes her look more chaotic than scary.
  • Shock and Awe: She specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.
  • Shout-Out: Her Gym Trial has her in the corner of the screen, which combined with her appearance, makes it look just like a Virtual Youtuber setup.
  • Signature Headgear: Her gigantic Magnemite hair clips that occasionally detach and twirl on their own.
  • Signature Mon:
    • Her partner Pokémon is Bellibolt.
    • She uses a Terastallized Mismagius as her final Pokémon.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In her introductory video, she's seen speaking, a first for the mainline Pokémon games, courtesy of Fairouz Ai.
  • Troll: In her promotional trailer, she's mischievous and teases the viewers with what her ace Pokémon is. The trolling goes even further if you expected her ace to be Bellibolt, as she claimed in the trailer — it's actually a Terastallized Mismagius, in line with the other Gym Leaders using Terastal Pokémon with an unexpected base type.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: She's the first Gym Leader to use more than three Pokémon, and half her team is fully evolved to boot. Her Terastallized Mismagius in particular is extremely tough, due to outright lacking a weakness under normal circumstances.

    Kofu (Haidai) 

Kofu / Haidai (ハイダイ haidai)

The leader of the Casarrafa Gym. Kofu is a chef who specializes in Water-type Pokémon.

  • Big Fun: Kofu's a large man who laughs cheerfully in nearly all of his battle animations, and more often than not has a huge grin on his face. Judging by the swarm of attention he gets on his way to his Gym Battle with you, the townsfolk of Casarrafa consider him so in-universe.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has two unibrows that look like ocean waves.
  • Catchphrase: He always says "Vaultin' Veluza!" when something surprises him.
  • Chef of Iron: He is a popular chef who is also one of the older gym leaders of Paldea.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kofu is among the older gym leaders of Paldea, with an infectious and magnetic charm that you can't help but root for. In fact, as repayment for returning his lost wallet for the Gym Challenge, he lets you keep any money he may have lent you for the auction.
  • Edible Theme Naming: His Japanese name comes from the chinese "hǎidài (海带)", which is the name for a type of kelp, Saccharina japonica. "Kofu" might be an attempt to fit the japanese name for the same plant, makonbu (真昆布), given that "Ko...Bu" sounds a bit similar to "Kofu".
  • Friend to All Children: Before his gym battle, Kofu ends up swarmed by the children of Cassarafa, begging for him to play with him or share his recipes. Two children in front of his gym also talks about how Kofu also takes time to play and hang out with the children of the city.
  • Loved by All: The other residents of Casarrafa have a very positive opinion of him, to the point that when he goes to battle the player character during their Gym battle, he's surrounded by adoring townsfolk on his way to the arena.
  • Making a Splash: He specializes in Water-types.
  • Manchild: The moment you approach his gym, you are told that he has a child like demeanor: demonstrated with the way he acts when he lost his wallet.
  • Meaningful Appearance: His beard and thick eyebrow vaguely resemble the ocean waves: blue for the water, white/gray for the foam. His blue apron also evokes an undulating motif.
  • The Mentor: He was Katy's teacher in cooking.
  • Nice Guy: A very sweet old man beloved by his community.
  • Red Baron: The Surging Chef.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Due to him running late for an auction and forgetting his wallet, his Gym supervisor tells you to go deliver it to him and to consider this as an impromptu trial, which he even honors. It's never revealed what his actual trial is had you met on less urgent terms.
  • Signature Mon:
    • His main non-Terastallized Water-type is Wugtrio.
    • His strongest Pokémon is a Terastallized Crabominable.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In-Universe, his gym is considered this for a lot of beginning challengers in Paldea and many of them usually stop the Gym challenge after his gym.

    Larry (Aoki) 

Larry / Aoki (アオキ aoki)

The leader of Medali Gym and the third member of Paldea's Elite Four, Larry is a salaryman who specializes in Normal-type Pokémon in the former role and is required to use Flying-type Pokémon whenever the Pokémon League has a challenger. Working such an exhausting schedule has left this salaryman with a very dour attitude.

  • Almighty Janitor: A humble, everyday officeworker... who just so happens to moonlight as both a Gym Leader and Elite Four member.
  • Aerith and Bob: Compared to the other fantastical names of the rest of the Gym Leaders… he's simply named Larry. Aoki, his Japanese name, is similarly mundane.
  • Big Eater: Despite having just eaten a meal, he is starving again after their battle with you so invites you to join him for a meal. In the photo, the player character is watching in shock with how much food he's got on his plate.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has some pretty thick eyebrows, which makes his deadpan expression even more prominent.
  • Blow You Away: Geeta has ordered him to use something other than Normal-type Pokémon when on the clock at the League, so wrangling Flying-types allows him to keep his Staraptor in his team either way.]
  • Boring, but Practical: Before your rematch with him after becoming a Champion, he reveals he's a firm believer in this. His Normal-types may not be as flashy or shocking as other Pokemon, but they get the job done.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Scarlet and Violet aren't the first games where a Gym Leader (or equivalent thereof) holds a position in their home region's Elite Four (with Alola's being partially composed of one/two Kahunas and a Trial Captain), but Larry is the first to specialise in two different types depending on his role.
  • Duality Motif: While his bog-standard business suit and slicked-back black hair reps his status as a Normal-type gym leader, the stark, sky-blue necktie with cloud patterns and wisps of floaty stray hairs that arc over his black hair subtly symbolize his specialty in Flying-types when battling as part of the Elite Four.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Befitting his "exhausted salaryman" appearance, he has very noticeable dark spots under his eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: The sky blue, cloud-patterned necktie looks a bit out of place on his otherwise completely monochrome look. Its presence becomes a lot more logical once you find out he has a second shift as the Flying specialist of the Elite Four.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His Japanese name might come from aoki (青木), the spotted laurel/Japanese laurel tree (Aucuba japonica​).
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Warns the player that you can't just Be Yourself in real life. To demonstrate his point, his Terastallized Staraptor will use Facade, an attack that deals double damage if the user is suffering a status ailment.
  • He Was Right There All Along: He has some fun with his unimpressive appearance by posing as one of the hint-giving NPCs in his own gym trial. It's pretty easy to not notice the unnamed worker is a unique character until he gets up from his seat at the counter and walks into the ring.
  • Indubitably Uninteresting Individual: As Larry himself notes, "I'm about as ordinary as you can get." He uses Normal-types (with his Signature Mon being Staraptor, a Com Mon), he isn't very noteworthy in his appearance, his ordinary profession as a salaryman is viewed as a stock occupation in Japan, and his name in both English and Japanese is extremely generic. Ironically, this causes him to stand out along with the more unique Gym Leaders.
  • Loophole Abuse: Geeta insists that he specialize in something other than Normal types for his role in the Elite Four. His Signature Mon is Staraptor, which is both Normal and Flying, so he goes for Flying types as a way to keep using his partner.
  • Mythology Gag: His dual role as a Normal and Flying type specialist along with his generic demeanor play on the fact that the Normal/Flying type combination has been a Com Mon staple of the series.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his world-weary appearance and attitude, he's a decent dude, even treating the player to a meal after their victory and wishing them well.
  • Non-Elemental: Specializes in Normal-type Pokémon whenever he's on duty as a Gym Leader.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Look closely, and you'll notice that his irises are square.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His exhaustion with work has left him with a perpetual dour frown on his face. Although, he does smile very briefly in his victory photo with the player.
  • Punny Name: You wouldn't think it, but Larry does have one of these, related to his profession: he's a saLARRYman.
  • Red Baron: The Exceptional Everyman.
  • Salaryman: A beleaguered office worker working a third job at the Pokémon League as a member of the Elite Four on top of his Gym Leader duties.
  • Signature Mon:
    • He uses Dudunsparce in both his initial and rematch battles prior to his Terastallized Pokémon.
    • His strongest Pokémon is Staraptor, which he Terastallizes in his Gym battle - but when fought during the Elite Four, the honor goes to his Flamigo.
  • Terse Talker: Doesn't waste any words during his Gym battle, and even remarks that his boss docks his pay for idle chitchat.
  • Triple Shifter: He looks as tired and haggard as someone who works three jobs.


Ryme (ライム raimu)

The leader of the Montenevera Gym. Ryme is a rapper who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon. She is also the younger sister of Tyme, the academy’s mathematics instructor.

  • Anime Hair: She wears her hair in long braids that are somehow shaped like parts of the human skeleton.
  • Battle Rapping: She's as talented at rap battles as she is at Gym Battles.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Speaking to Tyme early enough in the story has her mention her sister as being good with Ghost Pokémon. True enough, that sister is the Ghost-type Gym Leader in Montenevera.
  • Cool Old Lady: Age hasn't slowed down her rapping skills or her battling prowess one bit, with one book stating that she's been a talented rapper for over 40 years.
  • Dual Boss: Unlike the other Gym Leaders, Ryme is fought in a Double Battle.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from Raimu (ライム), which means lime.
  • Family Theme Naming: With her sister Tyme.
  • Gratuitous English: In the Japanese version, her lyrics contain lots of "YO!", rendered in English text instead of kana.
  • Piss-Take Rap: A Pet-Peeve Trope of hers. After effortlessly beating an overconfident cashier in a rap battle, she expresses her annoyance that he was trying to be funny at the expense of his bars.
  • Prophet Eyes: Zig-zagged. She normally has green eyes, but they turn blank and white when she's frustrated.
  • Punny Name: "Ryme" comes from "rhyme", very fitting for a rapper. It also sounds like "rime", the icy substance, which fits her Gym's location on a frozen mountain.
  • Red Baron: The MC of RIP.
  • Signature Mon: Houndstone, which can be seen in the audience along with her. To a lesser extent, her strongest Pokémon is a Terastallized Toxtricity.
  • Soul Power: She uses Ghost types. A book also claims that she raised her dead dog from the dead with her singing; combined with having a Houndstone and being strongly associated with the line, it implies that she may have some actual powers along these lines (assuming the story is true).

    Tulip (Lip) 

Tulip / Lip (リップ rippu)

The leader of the Alfornada Gym. Tulip is a beautician and model who specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon.

  • Action Fashionista: She runs a line of cosmetics which she also models for, and she's the second strongest of the Gym leaders.
  • Childhood Friends: Tulip is a close friend of Dendra, the academy's battle tactics instructor, who oversees her Gym Test as a favor to her.
  • Indifferent Beauty: For how beautiful Tulip is, she's remarkably humble about it: if the player tells her she looks more beautiful than ever before the rematch, she simply laughs and calls them a flatterer. Somewhat justified since, as a beautician, it's her job to be more concerned with other people's appearances than her own.
  • Jerkass to One: Overall, Tulip is quite nice, especially considering her beauty and status. She's also encouraging to the player. However, she admits that she isn't a fan of Geeta, and is thrilled that the player is who said person sends for the Gym inspection in the post-game.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: An adult example of this. She's rich, beautiful, and successful, but she's pleasant and serene to be around.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Her butterfly-like decorations may be reminiscent of Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul depicted with butterfly wings and at the origin of the word "psychic".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tulip is an elegant and beautiful lady who also works as a model.
  • Psychic Powers: She specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon. But like Lucian, it's unclear whether she herself has psychic powers. Her butterfly-shaped accessories move on their own, but the reason why is never revealed.
  • Red Baron: The Bewitching Beautician.
  • Signature Mon:
    • Espathra is her last non-Terastallized Psychic-type.
    • Her strongest Pokémon is a Terastallized Florges.


Grusha (グルーシャ guruusha)

The leader of the Glaseado Gym. Grusha is a former snowboarder who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon.

  • Career-Ending Injury: Grusha suffered a serious injury that ended his snowboarding career, which led to him becoming a Gym Leader. A few NPCs talk about how Grusha was in his prime, and Grusha himself tells the player not to take things for granted.
  • The Cynic: The aforementioned problem has left him pretty jaded, often talking about how life is as dangerous as an icy mountain and one should be ready to lose everything at a moment's notice.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Edible Theme Naming: His name means "pear tree" in multiple Slavic languages.
  • Hidden Depths: He was actually an acclaimed professional snowboarder in the past, until he was forced to retire following a serious injury. Taking up the role of a Gym Leader was just what he did so to make something of his life afterwards, and has left him quite cynical.
  • An Ice Person: Specializes in Ice-type Pokémon.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Has a very androgynous design, with long hair and large, feminine eyelashes.
  • Not So Stoic: As the website notes, Grusha's stoic demeanor falls away during intense battles. He's also surprisingly shy when the player character asks for a commemorative photo after defeating him. During the post-game rematch, he actually starts feeling Hot-Blooded after realizing his frustration at the possibility that he might lose the only other thing he's good at if he just keeps wallowing in self-pity, and later thanks you for renewing his passion.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Delivers one right before his battle starts.
    "Get ready to feel the icy bite of reality."
  • Red Baron: The Sub-zero Shredder.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He wears a large scarf as part of his ensemble, and is the highest leveled Gym Leader in Paldea. Funnily enough, the victory photo he takes with the player has both of them squeezing the knitted Poke Ball on the end.
  • Signature Mon:
    • His partner Pokémon is explicitly stated to be Cetitan, who is his second to last Pokémon in both his battles.
    • His strongest Pokémon is his Terastallized Altaria.
  • The Stoic: The official website describes him as a cool-headed person who keeps his emotions pushed deep down... at least, until he gets into an intense battle.

Team Star

A team of rebellious students.

    Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole
  • Ace Custom: Each of the bosses fight atop a heavily customized Revavroom whose type matches their owners as well as having unique abilities.
  • All Bikers Are Hell's Angels: They wear bike helmets, official artwork depicts them surrounding the player characters on the bike-like Cyclizar, and they're a bunch of delinquents known for causing trouble.
  • Anti-Villain: Some of them pester other students with pushy recruitment tactics, but outside of that the most villainous things they do are truancy and using school equipment without permission. Beyond that, most of them, particularly the leaders, are perfectly normal and friendly kids suffering from a misplaced and unshakable reputation as delinquents and outcasts, to the point many of them embrace the label. Clavell actually lampshades this trope when, after the defeat of Team Star's Big Boss, he lists all the 'offenses' of the group, then gives them an Unishment.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They might be delinquents that skip class, but all of them are considerably stronger than the other Titan Pokémon and Gym Leaders (for instance, Giacomo is tougher than the first two Gym Leaders and the first Titan Pokémon you're recommended to face). In fact, two of their strongest ones are even tougher than Grusha, the last gym leader you're recommended to face.
  • Big Badass Rig: Each of the squad's bosses have their own Starmobile, which are heavily customized Revavrooms that serves as the actual boss.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": As per tradition. It's subtle, but there is a thunderbolt-like S in the negative space of their logo.
  • Catchphrase: They tend to say "Hasta la vistar! " before retreating. Their leader knows it's cringeworthy, but in a fun way.
  • Cat Smile: The female Grunts sport this in their official artwork, emphasizing their rebellious nature.
  • Character Tics: When they're about to battle, they move their hands to create the points of a star, just like people in ''Sun and Moon' would make a rainbow with their arms.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: Unique for a Pokémon boss (even the Titans are vulnerable to them) their Starmobiles are completely immune to statuses of any variety, from the standard to the obscure.
  • Cool Shades: The Grunts wear star-shaped protective glasses, though some Grunts are seen just wearing the glasses over their helmets.
  • Cosmic Motifs: The Grunts wear star-shaped protective glasses, have stars on their helmets and shirts, have half of a star on their ties, and make a star shape with their hands before battling in the Treasure trailer. Additionally, all five of their sub-squads is named after a star (specifically one from Cassiopeia).
  • Delinquents: They're a gang of students at the player character's school who cut class, harass the teachers and other students, and use pushy recruitment tactics.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged a bit. While they are forgiven for the events of Operation Star which happened almost 2 years before the game starts when it becomes apparent that they were actually the heroes from that event, Clavell swiftly reminds the group that they did still break an enormous number of rules during their operation, including failing to attend over a year's worth of classes and the unauthorized use and modifications of school property and equipment. Though this zigzags again when Clavell announces that their "punishment" for this is simply community service in the form of reforming Team Star and their facilities as part of an authorized training and anti-bullying function of the academy. The entire team is aware that this is intended to serve as a punishment in name only.
  • Foreshadowing: If one does their research on stars, they'll notice a pattern that all of the squads are named after stars from Cassiopeia. So it's kinda odd that someone with that name is asking the player to take them all down...
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: The bosses play with this trope in different ways. Atticus and Eri are the straightest examples, being simultaneously the most imposing-looking and nicest bosses out of the bunch. Giacomo and Mela downplay it in different ways; Giacomo's style isn't as wild as the others and Mela, while a good person at heart, is still quite brusque and standoffish. Meanwhile, Ortega is the meanest boss and he wears a light pink suit.
  • Freudian Excuse: Their founders were all victims of bullying, and created Team Star to strike back against their bullies.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The bosses consist of three boys (Giacomo, Atticus, Ortega) and two girls (Mela, Eri). Seems a bit uneven at first, but when counting the big boss Penny, then it's a group of three boys and three girls.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: When the team originally formed, it was a group of bullied students and outcasts uniting to deal with the school's rampant problems with bullies and delinquents. While they ultimately never caused any actual trouble, the event and the sudden influx of the former bullies leaving the school created a huge PR scandal that painted Team Star as the bad guys. It also doesn't help that when the game takes place, many of the members the player encounters early on range from well intentioned extremists to actual delinquents.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The bosses for Team Star fit into these categories:
    • Eri and Atticus are the Nice serving as the friendly and polite to you and take their defeat with stride.
    • Giacomo and Mela are the in Between, challenging you without hesitation and acting as a Tsundere upon being defeated (Giacomo to a lesser extent as he acts more friendlier in contract to Mela).
    • Ortega is the Mean acting as a spoiled brat and unlike the rest of the leaders, acts like a Sore Loser and calls you annoying upon losing.
  • No One Sees the Boss: It's noted that the team's boss is so reclusive, they don't keep a base like the squad leaders do, and taking down each of the squads will bring them out of hiding. In fact, their identity is so mysterious that an early scene shows Team Star grunts attempting to recruit Penny, not knowing she is their leader.
  • Numerological Motif: There are five teams, like there are five points on a star.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Downplayed for the bosses. The five bosses have at least one Pokémon that will cancel out or outright No-Sell a type that's normally super effective against them:
    • Giacomo has a Pawniard, which its Steel typing means that Fairy and Bug types may not be the best course of action. Additionally, it has a coverage move in Aerial Ace against Fighting and Bug types.
    • Mela has a Torkoal. Despite not having any other typing or coverage moves to fight against Water types, it does have Drought, which weakens those Water type moves anyways.
    • Atticus has Skuntank, which is outright immune to Psychic types, and Revavroom, which also resists Psychic types.
    • Ortega's opening Pokémon is Azumarill, which evens out its Steel type weakness.
    • Eri has Toxicroak, which Fairy types aren't too effective against, and Lucario, which Psychic and Flying aren't too effective against.
  • Sequel Escalation: Continuing on the modern-day franchise's inversion of the older games' villain teams, we go from the relatively harmless street gang of Sun and Moon to the lower-scale Loony Fans of Sword and Shield to an even lower-scale group of school Delinquents.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: The Revavroom in each of their Starmobiles can use a unique "Torque" move that matches its type and is unavailable to any Revavroom caught by the player.
  • Stellar Theme Naming: Each of the teams is named after a star from the constellation of Cassiopeia.
  • True Companions: The leaders of the sub-squads see each other as friends and Penny herself admits that they are her greatest treasure. Even after the leaders learn that Penny is their boss, they're still loyal to her.
  • Unishment: After going undercover as "Clive", Clavell learnt more about the group and sympathised with them after his prior assumptions that they were just delinquent bullies. At the end of "Starfall Street", he withdraws his prior dismissal of the team, but still has to punish them for stolen school property and modifying their school uniforms. He "punishes" them with community service by reformatting their base camps as training facilities, much to the team's joy.

    Giacomo (Piña) 

Giacomo (ピーニャ piinya)

Boss of the Segin Squad, Team Star's Dark crew.

    Mela (Meloco) 

Mela / Meloco (メロコ meroko)

Boss of the Schedar Squad, Team Star's Fire crew.

  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her gloves, bodysuit, hair, and boots have designs of raging fire, appropriate for the Fire-type specialist. This was intentional in-universe as Atticus designed and made her costume with all of this in mind, leaving just the hair to her.
  • Boots of Toughness: She's a villain team boss who wears massive boots that reaches all the way past her knees. They're also so huge that she can't walk properly in them.
  • Brutal Honesty: Her official description says that she gives off a strong impression of being forceful and blunt, both in speech and in tactics. It's not all bad, though — she's respected among Team Star for being trustworthy and straightforward.
  • The Brute: She may not look it, but she's described by the website as a rather blunt person who pushes through and solves problems with brute force, no matter what it is.
  • Crushing Handshake: The photo you see after beating her shows your character recoiling in pain during their handshake.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from Meroko (メロコ), which in turn is derived from "melocotón", the Spanish word for peach.
  • Hidden Depths: Upon returning to the academy, Mela is shown to have grown an interest in art and decides to join the art club, inspired by her fiery patterns and the president's Fletchling painting.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mela" comes from "meramera", the Japanese word for "bursting into flames".
  • Ore Onna: In the Japanese language text, Mela uses the masculine Japanese honorific "Ore".
  • Playing with Fire: She's a Fire Type trainer.
  • Shrinking Violet: The postgame reveals that Mela is surprisingly quite shy when she isn't trying to be tough.
  • Signature Mon: Her sole Pokémon during her initial battle is Torkoal. However it turns out her actual partner was a Charcadet by the name of Charlos she had at school. Fittingly, her rematch features an Armarouge as her strongest Pokémon.
  • Silly Walk: Her walking animation shows that she doesn't seem to bend her knees when she walks, sticking her leg straight out when she takes a step forward. Given the design of her Boots of Toughness, she might not be able to walk normally while wearing them.
  • Stellar Name: The Schedar Squad, her forces, are named for Alpha Cassiopeiae, a star also known as Schedar.
  • Tsundere: She gives off shades of this when you beat her. She gives you the TM for Flame Charge, denying that it's for you, but rather for your Pokémon.
  • Youthful Freckles: She sports some freckles on her face and appears to be the same age as the player character and their classmates.

    Atticus (Shuumei) 

Atticus (シュウメイ shuumei)

Boss of the Navi Squad, Team Star's Poison crew.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: He speaks in a very old-fashioned manner, mostly just to make himself sound cool.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His Japanese name comes from Shumeigiku (秋明菊), the Japanese name of Anemone hupehensis japonica/"fall-blooming anemone".
  • Nice Guy: After you defeat him, he's shown to be a very kind and polite young man, and takes his loss with grace.
  • Ninja: He dresses the part and believes he's descended from a line of them.
  • Occidental Otaku: He proudly tries to be a ninja, writes haiku in his spare time, and may have taught another student who looked up to him all kinds of Japanese Honorifics, yet he hails from the Pokémon equivalent of Spain. Plus, if his friends are to be believed, a major part of his joining Team Star was his getting bullied for being a huge weeb.
  • Poisonous Person: Like fellow ninjas Koga and Janine before him, Atticus specializes in Poison types.
  • Pretty Boy: He's quite the pretty boy underneath his hood. In the postgame, Penny is utterly floored when she sees just how handsome he is.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a dark pink outfit, and one of his main specialties is sewing and making clothes. Unfortunately as his flashback shows, he was bullied because of this.
  • Signature Mon: He uses the Revavroom line in all battles, including one separate from the one powering his Starmobile during his first fight.


Ortega (オルティガ orutiga)

Boss of the Ruchbah Squad, Team Star's Fairy crew.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: The shortest and the youngest of the leaders.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's small and a bit of a spoiled brat.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His Japanese and English name comes from Orutiga (オルティガ)/"Ortiga", the Spanish name for nettle.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He serves as the mechanic of the team, and is the one who created the team's Starmobiles.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Cassiopeia describes him as having a short fuse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tends to look down on others, and has no problem insulting Mela in her presence, but he genuinely does care for his friends, and praises Atticus's skills in making clothes.
  • Signature Mon: His ace is Dachsbun.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's noted to constantly look down on others due to his cushy upbringing. It's implied, though not outright stated, that this behavior is why he was bullied at school.

    Eri (Biwa) 

Eri (ビワ biwa)

Boss of the Caph Squad, Team Star's Fighting crew. She is considered to be the strongest among the leaders.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in Team Star adores Eri, and for good reason. She's incredibly kind and sweet, a Benevolent Boss to her subordinates, and she's also known for her excellent training regime that the other leaders highly praise for the results it produces.
  • The Ace: She is considered to be the toughest and strongest out of all the crew leaders. In game, she has the highest leveled Pokémon out of all of them, and is a marked step up in terms of team building and type coverage than her peers.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Eri is very tall and quite muscular, but it doesn't detract from her attractiveness one bit.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Outside her Starmobile, most of her team knows Close Combat, an extremely powerful attack that also lowers both defensive stats, and have the coverage otherwise to check most of Fighting's counters. If you can't outspeed her, she'll steam roll unprepared challengers easily.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike other Team Star bosses, Eri stands at the front of her gate in order to ensure that none of the grunts underneath her get hurt. Clive even calls her the trope, per verbatim. Her team also notably includes a Lucario, who evolves with friendship and is typically associated with noble, upstanding characters.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just because Eri is such a Nice Girl doesn't mean she'll go easy on you, and is capable of being utterly ferocious in battle if she has to. She's also the strongest trainer of all of the three routes, bar the Elite Four and the three final bosses of the routes.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's got the largest chest out of all of the girls in Team Star, and is also one of the strongest trainers in the entire group.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from "biwa" (枇杷)/"loquat" (Eriobotrya japonica), also known as the japanese plum.
  • Face of a Thug: Her face paint and her huge stature makes her look very intimidating, but as the flashbacks of the leaders show, Eri is actually very kind and sweet-natured.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She is this with Carmen. Carmen started off bullying Eri out of jealousy for stealing her spotlight as the School Idol, but once Carmen became the target of bullying herself, Eri protected her and empathized with the feeling of having no one to stand with, befriending Carmen and inviting her to join Team Star.
  • Heel: She styles herself after a pro wrestling heel and strikes poses typical of one throughout the encounter with her.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She absolutely towers over her fellow teammates. Despite common school trends, especially in Japan, this is not why she was bullied.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She's a good sport when defeated, but she's so overcome with emotion she runs off bawling her eyes out.
  • Nice Girl: Eri is a very gentle and kind girl. She even went so far as to protect Carmen, the girl who was previously bullying her after she herself became a target for the bullies.
  • School Idol: Eri was a highly talented athlete who quickly became very popular among her classmates for both her physical prowess and great beauty. This drew the ire of Carmen, who started bullying Eri out of jealousy and instigating others to do the same, only for the bullies to target Carmen afterwards.
  • Signature Mon: Her ace is Annihilape.

The overall leader of Team Star. For more details, see Penny's folder.