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Ash's Classmates

    In General 
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Some of Ash's classmates act quite differently than they do in the games, most notably Kiawe being more serious and stoic (except when he's not), Lillie's fear of seeing Pokémon being hurt in battle is now a fear of touching Pokémon, and Sophocles being very extroverted while his game portrayal was the opposite. Mallow and Lana are pretty much portrayed the same, though.
  • Adapted Out: Due to them not appearing to be Trial Captains, they all seem to only own one Pokémon at the beginning of the series (not counting Ride Pokémon). In addition, Kiawe and Lana's primary Pokémon are not the same ones they're shown to own in the games.
  • The Artifact: The job of being Trial Captains doesn't seem to exist in this continuity, but that doesn't really stop Lana, Sophocles, Mallow, and Kiawe from wearing the Trial Captain symbol as accessories. Ilima, Acerola, and Mina also wear them as well.
  • Ascended Extra: Lana, Mallow, Kiawe, and Sophocles go from minor characters (analogous to gym leaders) in the games to main characters and part of Ash's inner circle in the anime. On the other hand, Lillie is a major character in both.
  • Character Focus: Due to the stand still premise, the series can much more easily shift limelight between this cast; the Akala trials (SM031-SM036) have Ash, Lana and Kiawe mostly involved, with the other three not gaining much development, while the entire Aether Foundation arc (SM044-SM054) is dedicated largely to Ash and Lillie, with the others only in supporting roles. Even Lillie succumbs to this during Ash's Ula'ula trials (SM073-SM077), where only Ash and Team Rocket participate, with the others only getting brief cameos back at Melemele. The Poni trials (SM104-SM109) are one case of an arc trying to give everyone a bit of limelight.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each one of them is associated with a different color.
    • Ash: Blue
    • Lillie: White, Pink (Ultra Guardian uniform)
    • Kiawe: Red
    • Mallow: Green
    • Lana: Cyan
    • Sophocles: Orange
  • Debut Queue: The first episode introduces them, but later episodes put them in the limelight that fleshes out their characters and interactions with Ash. The focus characters are, in chronological order, Lana (SM005), Sophocles (SM006), Lillie (SM008), Kiawe (SM011), and Mallow (SM018).
  • Depending on the Writer: A fair amount of episodes do have one or all of them partaking in a lot of the physical comedy and Super-Deformed antics. In episodes Ash's Butt-Monkey status is in exceptional effect however, the rest of the gang will be Immune to Slapstick Straight Men. The series fluctuates especially with how much comic abuse the female companions suffer.
  • Dragon Rider: As Ultra Guardians, four of them get Dragon-type Pokémon to ride. Ash has a Garchomp, Lillie has an Altaria, Mallow has a Flygon, and Lana has a Dragonair. Though it's not a Dragon-type, Kiawe also has a Charizard that he rides. The only exception is Sophocles, who instead rides a Metang.
  • Ensemble Cast: While most of the main protagonists got a rotation of limelight episodes in the previous series, the grounded location of this series means the students can trade individual spotlight more easily (even if Ash still gets the lion's share).
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Lillie seldom interacts with Lana or Kiawe, nor does the latter interact much with Mallow. Ironically despite getting a Flashback episode devoted to their bond, Mallow and Lana don't have many exchanges otherwise.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Including Ash, they are three males and three females.
  • Guile Hero: Besides Ash and Kiawe, most of them aren't developed in terms of raw power, having small Pokemon teams and only sporadically battling or training them. They prove effective in their job as Ultra Guardians however, largely due to being capable of using their Pokemon's abilities resourcefully or appealing to the personalities of the far more powerful Ultra Beasts.
  • Positive Discrimination: Played with in general (see Women Are Wiser below). Played completely straight in the class exercises however, which the boys (especially Ash) routinely blunder or get outshone by the girl students. Ironically only Lillie, the most studious of the girls, has suffered the odd comical failure.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: All of the students (except for Lillie) are type specialists, and lack the sheer variation and power of Ash's team, meaning they often only come in handy when one of their Pokemon's signature abilities can be used. Downplayed for Kiawe's team, who are all different dual-Fire types and have more developed experience and move sets that are regularly used. Later episodes involving their Ultra Guardians duties try to subvert this by giving them Guile Hero traits.
  • True Companions: All five are good friends even before the series starts, and have no reservations in including the new student amongst their circle. Most of their Pokémon have also inexplicably become close in the span of a few episodes.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. Mallow, Lillie, and Lana have more reserved personalities than Ash, Kiawe and Sophocles, but still have many clownish moments, and are more novice trainers. Ash also regularly supports and mentors Lillie despite his more reckless personality.

    Lillie (Lilie) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Shindo
Voiced in English by: Laurie Hymes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jennifer Medel

Lillie is the resident bookworm, highly knowledgeable about Pokémon from her studies, but terrified by the thought of touching them due to a deeply rooted trauma she suffered in the past. With the constant support of her friends and their Pokémon, however, she slowly but surely works to overcome her fear.


  • Adaptational Badass: Despite initially being an Adaptational Wimp in regards to her phobia towards Pokémon in general, she actually officially owns and raises a Pokémon, unlike the games where she is not a Pokémon trainer yet. She even manages to command it effectively to stop Team Rocket, despite her lack of experience. She also plays a major part in saving Ash and Litten from Palossand in SM022, commanding Snowy to use Powder Snow to freeze the giant Palossand. In SM030, she takes it even further by learning to battle with Pikachu's help. At the end of the episode, she even battles Ash himself, with Ash using Snowy and Lillie using Pikachu. This is taken further in SM080 where she commands both Snowy and a wild Alolan Sandshrew in a battle against a wild Tyranitar and wins.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the games, she disliked seeing Pokémon get hurt in battles. Here, she's quite enthusiastic about battling, and even does some battling herself, if still cautious about hurting her Pokémon.
  • Adaptational Wimp: At least in the early episodes, where she's outright scared and apprehensive about Pokémon, or at least touching them, due to a childhood trauma. Her game version just disliked seeing them get hurt in battles. Once she gets ownership of Snowy, she transforms into an Adaptational Badass.
  • Adorkable: A meek Cute Bookworm. Except towards her mother.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: When her mother is abducted by Nihilego, she undergoes her clothing change from the games while this is happening. Unlike the games, though, she regresses back to her usual outfit once that problem has been taken care of.
  • All-Loving Hero: Even though Faba tried to kidnap her and erase her memories, kidnapped Nebby, and got her mother kidnapped by a Nihilego, she doesn't hold it against him, and accepts his apology when he apologizes to her and Ash.
  • Badass Bookworm: Despite being new to Pokémon training, she is able to think strategically in battle and is willing to throw herself in front of a threat if it means protecting Snowy.
  • Blush Stickers: Gets these (and sparkles to boot) when watching Ash eat all of the gang's food to counteract Morelull's Life Drain.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has no qualms about calling on her Pokémon if she needs to defend herself.
  • Blatant Lies: She isn't scared of Pokémon, she just needs to do a bit more research on them. Then again, she seems fine with Pokémon as long as she isn't touching them.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Most of her knowledge comes from books rather than actual experience.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Yells at Lusamine about treating her like a baby when she's (Lusamine) currently acting even more immature under Nihilego's control.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her tendency to freeze up in contact of Pokémon was initially Played for Laughs. As the series progresses, however, it is revealed her phobia was caused by Trauma-Induced Amnesia after being caught in the middle of a tussle between Silvally and Nihilego. The sight of Silvally lunging at her left her emotionally scarred, only finding out much later on that it was only protecting her, which gets her over her phobia.
  • Character Development: She initially starts off as a shy girl who is afraid to touch Pokémon, but with support from her friends, she is finally able to overcome that phobia little by little until it's completely gone. In addition, she starts showing confidence in battles as she works her way from The Chick to Little Miss Badass.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the games, Lillie was demure and initially evasive due to her agenda, but otherwise quite approachable and serious. Even besides her initial trauma induced phobia, the anime's Lillie is far shyer and a comedic Cowardly Lion.
  • The Chick: Lillie only seldom battles (even if she is semi-competent when forced to), and for the first dozen or so episodes didn't even have a Pokemon herself due to her phobia of touching them and Snowy having not yet hatched.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She can get a little...out there at times, such as wearing a diving suit just to go fishing, and when confronted with a broken bridge in Vast Poni Canyon, jumping to the conclusion that the bridge must be invisible and tries to uncover the path with sand.
  • Color Failure: This and some panicking were Lillie's typical reactions to touching Pokémon when she still had her phobia.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: Though she could command Snowy rather skillfully from the start, her preferred tactic against Team Rocket initially was to retreat. When they finally cornered her, she had Snowy freeze them in ice.
  • Cowardly Lion: She freaks out if a Pokémon so much as brushes up against her, but she is not devoid of courage when Snowy is threatened. In fact, the major advances she has made in overcoming her fear have all involved her drive to protect Snowy.
  • Cower Power: She hides behind the nearest person whenever she's spooked by a Pokémon, assuming that's an option.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: As she herself admits, she never stood much of a chance in her League battle against Gladion, but she still shows how much she's grown as a trainer by making good use of Snowy's Snow Cloak ability and pulling off a Z-Move.
  • Cute Bookworm: She reads a lot about Pokémon, despite being afraid of them. As such she doubles as a book-smart gal and is often a Combat Commentator.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In spite of her initial inability to touch Pokemon, she is still endeared by them greatly. This shows once she gets over her phobia, and starts glomping all of them in sight.
  • The Cutie: A demure little girl with a fairly sweet and somewhat cowardly personality. Her tragic phobia and Big Brother Worship towards the more experienced classmates also tend to make her endearingly innocent.
  • A Day in the Limelight: SM008 is about Lillie receiving a Pokémon Egg and learning to be comfortable around it. SM014 is about Lillie bonding with Snowy, the Alolan Vulpix that hatches from the Egg. SM030 is about Lillie working to be comfortable around Ash's Pikachu and learning to battle. SM049 is about Lillie overcoming her fear of touching Pokémon. In SM051, she goes with Gladion to the Altar of the Sunne, battling a Totem Kommo-o along the way. In SM060, Lillie and Snowy practice for a Sled Jumping tournament and even though they didn't win, managed to give a spectacular performance. In SM080, she and Snowy battle alongside a wild Alolan Sandshrew against a wild Tyranitar and beat it. Later, the Sandshrew evolves into Sandslash and gives her an Icium Z as thanks.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tends to get trapped in dangerous scrapes the most out of all the class, most often with Ash saving her:
    • Saved from a Salandit by Ash and Hobbes in her first limelight episode.
    • The root of her phobia stems from her getting abducted by Nihilego as a small child, believing Silvally was trying to attack her when it saved her. After Silvally rescues her again from Faba's cover-up attempt in the present day, she realizes her mistake.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When Team Rocket attacks her upon first seeing her alone with Snowy, she holds her own against them by commanding her new Pokemon. Though she does need Ash's help to save her from a fall, she finishes the job once she recovers and has Snowy freeze Team Rocket in their tracks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lillie used to be able to touch Pokémon until a mysterious incident at Aether Paradise occurred, though Lillie says that she doesn't remember what happened. It's revealed from SM047 through SM049 that she was attacked by an Ultra Beast (specifically, Nihilego), but rescued by the Silvally that Gladion would later call his own. However, the sight of Silvally lunging at her left her traumatized, causing her to repress her memory.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Lillie freezes in fear if a Pokémon touches her. After getting Snowy, she is able to fight this reaction. Once she fully remembers her past, her fear vanishes completely.
  • Deuteragonist: True to the source material, though downplayed as she is part of an Ensemble Cast but gets the most focus out of anyone besides Ash and seems to be the classmate Ash is closest to.
  • Diary: She owns a diary. SM045 has her take the place of the usual narrator, writing about Ash, Nebby, her mother, and the events of the previous episode in it.
  • Diving Save: She ends up on the receiving end of one by Ash in SM053, to protect her from Mother Beast Lusamine's attack.
  • Egg Sitting: She has to raise an egg together with Ash as part of a class lesson. She ends up having to protect it from a hungry Salandit.
  • Encyclopaediac Knowledge: Her knowledge of Pokémon rivals that of Rotom Dex, much to his chagrin, as Lillie is quick to spout out information on new Pokémon the group encounter before Rotom can.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Her relationship is often akin to this with the other students, due to her rookie status and phobia in early episodes and her larger track record for getting into danger. On different occasions, Mallow and Ash have insisted on following Lillie home to make sure nothing happens to her.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She has her makeover when Lusamine is kidnapped by Nihilego, signifying her resolve to save her. Unlike in the games, though, this makeover is not permanent and Lillie returns to her original appearance after Lusamine is saved. As a variation of this, she often ties her hair back this way whenever she goes back into Determinator mode (even if the "transformation" isn't always successful).
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • In a way. Protecting Snowy's egg from Salandit, in much the same way the Player Character protects Cosmog/"Nebby" in the game, allows her to bond with it.
    • This is actually a plot point in SM030, where Lillie realizes that the reason Ash can work so well with Pokémon is because they battle by each others' side. She quickly forms this bond with Pikachu, battling and defeating her butler once she started working with the electric mouse.
  • Foreshadowing: In SM008, when Ash asks her happened to make her unable to touch Pokémon, she says that she doesn't know, and Hobbes says that she was living with her mother when the incident occurred. In SM047, it's revealed that, indeed, she was at Aether Paradise when she was attacked by a Nihilego, resulting in Trauma-Induced Amnesia.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Both Hobbes and Gladion say she was this before her Trauma-Induced Amnesia. She is like that again once she's freed of it.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She owns a Clefairy doll that she sleeps with.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde and is the most pure-hearted of the group.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: A younger Lillie was shown holding a Lillipup in her arms, and in the present day, she has her Alolan Vulpix, Snowy, and has shown to be totally comfortable sitting right next to Rockruff in both SM012 and SM013 despite her usual fear of Pokémon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Well, she sure tried when she leapt off a high wall to save Snowy in SM014 after it was knocked off by a Sludge Bomb from Mareanie. Rowlet saved both with Leafage.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Like her games incarnation with the player character, Lillie sometimes demonstrates some admiration for Ash.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • Brings out her Clefairy doll to remind her mom's Clefable of their bond. With the following Cooldown Hug (even risking a point-blank Dazzling Gleam), Clefable returns to its senses.
    • She tries to get through to her mother in the next episode by calling her out on her behavior and telling her she's stronger than that. It briefly works, but Nihilego's control is too strong.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Happens to her, Ash and Sophocles in SM083 as a result of a botched experiment by Faba. Thankfully the transformation wasn't stable and they shortly grew back.
  • The Ingenue: She has some Broken Bird shades due to her Dark and Troubled Past, but she is definitely one of Ash's most sweet and delicate companions which, combined with her Big Brother Worship of him, makes him and the others rather protective of her.
  • Ironic Fear: Given the fact she lives in the Alola Region, which emphasizes the bond between people and Pokémon, her fear of Pokémon is kind of this.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In the games, it's considered a huge plot twist that Lusamine and Gladion are related to her, being her mother and brother, but the anime reveals this fact relatively early on in SM008.
  • Leitmotif: Starting from the second season, her diary recaps and some other key scenes involving her character are accompanied by arrangements of her piano theme from Pokemon Sun and Moon.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Lillie is the meekest of the students and doesn't regularly battle or partake in outside competitions, but her knowledge of Pokemon types and attacks make her resourceful when forced into combat, commanding Snowy and even some of the others' Pokemon rather fluently.
  • Lovable Coward: Even besides her phobia of Pokémon, she seems to have a rather jittery disposition. She cowered while playing catcher in a baseball game. She can become a Cowardly Lion at any point, however.
  • Mama Bear: Despite being afraid of it at first, Lillie manages to save a Pokémon egg from being a Salandit's lunch. And when she finds that she still has trouble touching the Vulpix that newly hatched from the egg, she eventually gets over that by nearly performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save it from a fall. She's also protective of Nebby despite Ash being its caretaker; she's the one who named it, writes in her diary that she's concerned about it, and refuses to stay behind when Ash and Gladion go to rescue it from Faba.
  • Misblamed: In-Universe: Subconsciously, Silvally was the reason she had a phobia of touching Pokémon after a traumatic event left her with the impression that it was attacking her. In reality, Silvally was trying to attack the Nihilego which was trying to abduct her.
  • The Medic: Shows medical abilities when the students' Pokemon suffer serious injuries. Also tends to take this role in Ultra Guardian missions.
  • Mythology Gag: Lillie is the one who nicknames Nebby. In the games, Nebby is her travel companion, having nicknamed it herself.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She was the newest member of the class before Ash came along. This is best shown in SM065, where she and Ash are the only ones who don't already know Ilima.
  • Nice Girl: Lillie is incredibly sweet natured and demure, and does everything in her power to convey her love for Pokémon despite her phobia. She also tends to be one of few who treats Ash's usual Iron Butt Monkey role with concern.
  • Nice Hat: A white, wide-brimmed hat to protect her from the sun.
  • The Nicknamer: She nicknamed the Vulpix she is caring for (Snowy), even before it hatched. She is also the one to name Nebby.
  • Not So Different: Largely an introverted Smart Girl in contrast to the energetic but Book Dumb Ash, but she does share his Adorkable qualities and occasionally ditzy mindset. She has also shown a similarly extreme affection for Pokemon in spite of her own well being, especially when her phobia no longer restrained her.
  • Odango Hair: Wears this hairstyle in SM066.
  • Ojou: Her servants refer to her as "Ojou-sama".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Ash notes that she's a lot more assertive towards her mother than she normally is.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Her Ultra Guardians uniform is pink, while Ash's is dark blue.
  • Pink Heroine: Her Ultra Guardians uniform is pink.
  • Positive Discrimination: Subverted. While she is The Smart Girl, she is the only female companion in the series with developed personality flaws, granting her a far more developed character arc. She is also far more fallible to the series' comedy, suffering slapstick and failing class exercises more often than Mallow and Lana, who sporadically have anything at their expense. She certainly doesn't beat out Ash as the Iron Butt Monkey, but she is more dependent on him and idolises him rather than just playing his Straight Man.
  • Protectorate: All of the students are very nurturing towards her due to her phobia and rookie status as a trainer. Her brother Gladion, Mallow and later Ash are all especially protective of her.
  • Recap By Audit: A few episodes had her recap the events of the previous one while writing in her diary.
  • The Runaway: Runs off with Gladion to the Altar of the Sunne on Poni Island in an attempt to save their mother.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Not as blatantly as with May or Serena, but Lillie does look up to Ash and in this interpretation take notes from his training methods, making her a Kohai to his Sempai. Ash was also the most proactive helping Lillie overcome her phobia with Pokemon.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender:
    • In The Stinger for SM014, she is frozen solid by an overly affectionate Snowy. Even with the one Pokémon she can touch, she can't catch a break.
    • Once her phobia is cured, she immediately starts on glomping all the students' Pokemon, setting off some expected chain reactions, such as Lycanroc's painful nuzzling and triggering Turtonator's Shell Trap.
    • She is in general more prone to getting caught in the wackier plotlines than Mallow and Lana, such as the Incredible Shrinking Man plot in SM083 (with Amusing Injuries abound).
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Subverted; she does change into her "Z-Powered" outfit and refers to it as such, but after her mother is saved, she goes back to wearing her original outfit.
  • The Smart Gal: Despite her fear of Pokémon, her knowledge of them is encyclopedic, through this trait is downplayed after Rotom Dex joins the group. She returns to this role in the Ultra Guardian missions where she is often The Strategist.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She lives in a mansion on Melemele Island. It also has a battlefield and a playground for Pokémon, which heavily contrasts with her fear issue.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Downplayed. True to the source material, she's the "designated female companion" of the anime, much like Serena, Iris, Dawn, May, and Misty. She gets more focus than the other classmates themselves, but that doesn't mean the series draws focus away from Ash any more than it did with the other female companions.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The RotomDex notes the strong similarity between Lillie and her mother Lusamine.
  • Squee!: Along with Mallow and Lana, this is her reaction to the news that Kukui and Burnet getting married.
  • Take Our Word for It: She makes a funny face in order to (successfully) calm Nebby down, but the audience doesn't get a chance to see it.
  • Tears of Joy: When Lusamine is rescued and alive.
  • There Are No Therapists: Lillie had to completely rekindle the roots of her phobia and cure it on her own (with some help from her classmates of the same age). It was actually Lampshaded during a massive calling out that Lusamine did absolutely nothing to get to the bottom of her daughter's emotional scars.
  • They Know Too Much: Faba was hoping Lillie's Trauma-Induced Amnesia would stick, as it was rooted from a blunder of his when experimenting with Ultra Space transport. When she comes too close to jarring her memory, later on, he resorts to trying to forcibly wipe her mind clean.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Mallow and Lana's tomboys.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once she finally got her own Pokémon, she very quickly took to commanding it in dangerous situations and is able to fend off Team Rocket almost entirely on her own. Later, she gets an Icium Z from an Alolan Sandslash as thanks for helping it defeat a wild Tyranitar that was threatening its home.
    • She inherits her father's Z-Ring in SM116, though doesn't quite have the training to pull off a Subzero Slammer.
    • She masters Subzero Slammer in SM127 after receiving advice from Ash.
  • Town Girls: The femme to Mallow's butch and Lana's neither.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: The incident that triggered her fear of Pokémon as a child was so traumatic that it caused her to suppress her memory. She partly recovers it in SM048 when she remembers Silvally lunging at her, thinking it was trying to attack her, which sends her back to square one when she encounters it again as a Type: Null. After it breaks its mask and saves her from Faba in the following episode, however, she fully remembers that it actually tried saving her from a Nihilego; this realization is what lets her overcome her fear
  • Tsundere: Shows this attitude when confronted about her inability to physically touch Pokémon, claiming that she can touch them theoretically.
  • Up to Eleven: Her fear of touching Pokémon is so bad that, if she absolutely must do it, she wears a diving suit.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Her dynamic with her mother Lusamine has shades of this.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Because of her childhood trauma, she's afraid of making physical contact with any Pokémon, even adorable ones like Pikachu and Bounsweet. Despite this, she is quite fond of them, as shown by her house having a Pokémon battlefield, a playground for other Pokémon to play in, and her room having stuffed animal Pokémon. Once she gets ownership of Snowy's egg, she gradually works through her fear to the point where she can touch Snowy, Pikachu, and a Ride Pokémon. As of SM049, she overcomes her fear completely.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Lillie and Gladion go through Vast Poni Canyon in SM051, Lille twice makes a mistake about the genre she is in by expecting puzzles where there are none:
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Temporarily in episode 113 in her "Magical Girl form".
  • Your Size May Vary: In the games, she was taller than the player character, and her own older brother Gladion, but here, she's noticeably shorter than her brother and roughly the same height as Ash, if not slightly shorter than him.

    Lillie's Pokémon 

Alolan Vulpix/"Snowy" (Alolan Rokon/"Shiron")

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Voiced in Japanese by: Reina Ueda
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness

In SM008, Lillie was given a Pokémon egg to hatch, to help her get over her fear of Pokémon. She named the egg Snowy. In SM013, the egg hatched into an Alolan Vulpix, which she kept the name Snowy for.


  • Canon Immigrant: Snowy was made a downloadable character via certain promotional events for Pokémon Sun and Moon (albeit labeled merely Vulpix than by nickname).
  • Contrived Coincidence: While being incubated as an egg, Lillie started calling it "Snowy" despite not knowing that it would hatch into an Alolan Vulpix.
  • Cute Little Fangs: One is shown on rare occasions.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She originally couldn't even be touched by Ash, but gradually warmed up to him after living with him for a weekend and learning how to battle.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Lillie and Snowy spend all of SM014 bonding. They get to the point that Lillie jumps off a building to save Snowy when she's blown off the same roof by Mareanie's Sludge Bomb during a fight with Team Rocket. They were both saved by Rowlet.
  • Harmless Freezing: It accidentally froze Lillie solid with Powder Snow during The Stinger of the Japanese edit of SM014.
  • Hates Being Touched: Snowy freezes Ash when he tries to pet it and is reluctant to play with the other Pokémon until Samson's Vulpix encouraged her to do so. Snowy is fine with being held by Lillie, though. She finally grows comfortable with letting Ash touch her after spending a weekend training and living with him.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Sometimes plays such to balance Lillie's jittery Cute Clumsy Girl antics.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type. In SM014, it's shown to know Powder Snow, It can also use the ice-type Z-Move Subzero Slammer.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Lillie was officially given Snowy, she got a bit overly excited with a Poké Ball Kukui gave her to catch it and smacked Ash in the head with it. Snowy walked up to the Ball, hit the button with a paw, and caught herself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: One of the official posters heavily alluded that an Alola Vulpix would become Lillie's partner. The poster was published even before the release of the trailer that revealed a Cosmog was residing in Lillie's infamous bag in the games, resulting in that some people initially speculated that the bag contained an Alola Vulpix.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Snowy spends most of her screen time babied by Lillie, though is alarmingly powerful for a newborn. She held her own against the posse of Totem Kommo-o, and despite a hectic first battle with Team Rocket, she ultimately froze the entire squad with one Powder Snow attack in a Heroic Second Wind (to punctuate, this was only two episodes after the trio had successfully fainted Pikachu and Rowlet).
  • Limit Break: She can use the ice-type Z-move Subzero Slammer.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name, "Shiron", comes from combining the word for "white" with the word applied to "rolling": koron-koron. Lillie said right before Snowy hatched that she had taken to rolling her egg around. The second half still applies after hatching, making the name a combination of "white" and Rokon. It roughly translates to "Snowball" in English.
  • Mundane Utility: Lillie keeps cool in the hot Alolan climate by carrying Snowy in her arms.
  • Noodle Incident: After over a season of using only Powered Snow, SM060 revealed Snowy had learned Hail offscreen.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Literally such with the other students' signature Pokemon, having hatched and acquainted herself with the others sometime after Ash and Pikachu had arrived.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Pun aside, unlike the Fire-type Vulpix that hatched after it, Snowy was reluctant to interact with the other Pokémon and even froze Ash when he attempted to pet her. The only person she would be friendly towards is Lillie. Later on, however, it did grow more comfortable around Ash.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Received proper battle training from Ash in SM030 and the results show in her more confident personality and battle prowess. By SM060 she has also learned both Hail and Aurora Veil.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Her white/light blue fur and fluffy tail bear a resemblance to Lillie's white and blue ruffled dress.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even when Lillie briefly regressed in her fear of touching Pokemon, Snowy remains patiently supportive of her trainer.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: She doesn't battle much, so Powder Snow is the only move she knows, but when she does battle, Lillie can use it resourcefully enough to usually get the job done. Subverted SM060 onwards, where Snowy learns Aurora Veil and is noted to have learned Hail offscreen.
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    Kiawe (Kaki) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kaito Ishikawa
Voiced in English by: Marc Swint
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Kristoffer Romo

The eldest pupil in class, and oftentimes the most mature. He is the only student who possesses a Z-Ring by the time Ash joins the class. He works on his family farm on Akala Island, using his Sky Ride Charizard to make deliveries.


  • The Ace: The wisest and most mature of the students, and the one with the most battle experience. He's also completed a Grand Trial, and thus is capable of using Z-Moves.
  • Adaptational Badass: Just slightly so. While in the games he would be The Comically Serious, remove that aspect (and his Trial Captain status) and he's left with this depiction.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Kiawe in the games was at best The Comically Serious, but was otherwise a friendly and somewhat goofy guy. This version starts out as more serious and stoic, though still a friendly guy when you get to know him, before becoming increasingly hammier over the course of the series.
  • Adaptation Expansion: His main Pokémon in the games was an Alolan Marowak, but here it's a Turtonator instead, capturing Marowak some time into the series.
  • Ancestral Weapon:
    • His Z-Ring is inherited from his grandfather, though he still had to earn it and his Firium Z in the Grand Trial.
    • His Charizard counts as one as well. It was previously his grandfather's main Pokémon.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Considering how seriously he takes the responsibility of having a Z-Crystal, shouldn't be much surprise that losing one (that is not even his) makes him absolutely livid! ESPECIALLY if said Z-Crystal was hand-given to you by one of the island deities!
    • Due to what Viren tried to do to his family's farm and to Mimo, just the mere mention of Viren is enough to make Kiawe burn up.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Played for Laughs with his sister Mimo. He freaks out whenever he sees her carrying anything heavy, even though it's obvious she can handle it. Even more exaggerated when she was carrying empty milk tanks with her bare hands or pushing one on a small trolley. Played more seriously when Viren attempts to fry her with his Electivre's Thunder attack (thankfully, Turtonator blocked the blow) in order to intimidate Kiawe's family into selling their farm, and Kiawe gets utterly pissed off. Mimo getting lost in Aether Paradise during the Alola League also sets off an understandable Adult Fear reaction.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Is most frequently the one explaining Alola's wildlife and traditions to Ash or helping him train his team (especially in terms of Z Moves and fire type attacks). Ash later returns the favor by helping him strategize against quicker opponents.
  • The Comically Serious: His more reserved and serious-minded attitude often still makes him a good target for the series' humor, especially when he finally goes into a passionate Large Ham mode.
  • Characterization Marches On: He started off as serious and stoic in the first handful of episodes, albeit with traces of The Comically Serious. However, later episodes made him increasingly more Hot-Blooded, silly, and comical. His aloofness towards Ash and the others in his first appearance is jarring compared to his later far more jovial and passionate depiction.
  • Cool Big Bro: He has a soft spot for his little sister Mimo and will do anything to make her happy. He has surrogate moments around the other classmates as well, particularly Ash.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • By his own admission, he focuses on Fire-types, so fishing for Water-types isn't his forte.
    • His signature Pokémon being Turtonator also meant he initially had trouble adapting to faster powerhouses the latter couldn't tank. Solved after he adapted Turtonator to a new strategy and the agility increasing attack, Shell Smash, as well as capturing the far more agile Marowak.
  • Culture Clash: According to SM055, he had no idea on how a traditional wedding plays out, being only familiar with the customs of Akala Island.
  • Determinator: During the Pancake Race, he continues to try and haul his very heavy Turtonator across the track even long after the winners have been decided.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Upon finding out that Ash lost his Z-Crystal, he tries to punish him by having his Turtonator use his Z-Move on him.
  • Friendly Rival: He regularly trains and battles with Ash. This is set in stone when they both plan to compete in the Alola League.
  • Farm Boy: He lives on a ranch.
  • Guttural Growler: The English dub initially gives him a fairly deep voice that makes him sound more like an adult than a teenager. It lightens into more of an older teen voice after a few episodes.
  • Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat at the League the best out of the class, pulling the normally aloof Gladion into nearly a bro hug during their handshake.
  • Hot-Blooded: When he's passionate about something, he shows it. In particular, he considers ownership of a Z-Crystal to be very Serious Business, and he refuses to give up on the Pancake Race even when he obviously can't push his Turtonator all the way, also disregarding the fact that the race had already finished.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When the class goes to Mt. Lanakila with Hala, Kiawe criticizes Hala for not dressing up for the cold. Hala then immediately responds by stating he doesn’t want to hear it from Kiawe.
  • In a Single Bound: In SM085, he manages to jump and reach the top of a Stakataka with only the aid of a vault spring. FYI, Stakataka is 18'01'' (5.5 m) tall.
  • In the Name of the Moon: He sometimes starts Inferno Overdrive with the phrase "The zenith of my mind, (of) body and spirit, (like the great mountain of Akala) become a raging fire and burn". Though unlike Alain from the previous season, he does not always use the phrasenote  & he sometimes even shortens it to the last partnote .
  • The Lancer: To Ash's Hero. As described by Kukui, they're a Flamethrower vs a Thunderbolt.
  • Large Ham: He first started to exhibit this side of him during the Alola Pancake Race, but he completely lets it loose in SM017 upon finding out that Ash lost his Z-Crystal.
    • And again in SM028 when the class is playing Pokémon Base:
    "INFERNO OVERDRIVE...BAAALLL!!! HII-YAAAH!!!"
  • Lethal Chef: He burns a pizza with his Turtonator that his sister was trying to cook. In fairness, this could have just been due to his tendency to freak out whenever he sees her doing anything remotely dangerous, although her banning him from the kitchen and his following reaction imply that this is a common occurrence.
  • Made of Iron: In SM028, he survives being squished by a Snorlax!!
  • Mundane Utility: He uses his Charizard to fly around the islands making deliveries.
  • Nightmare Face: When he gets really angry, this is what happens.
  • Not So Stoic: SM011 shows us a few of his personality quirks, such as his tendency to freak out whenever he catches his little sister carrying heavy objects. He's also become more open and friendly in general now that he and Ash have become closer friends.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He passed an island challenge and earned his Z-Ring and crystal from Olivia.
  • Opinion Flip Flop: It took one "DugLeo" concert to shift him from begrudgingly attending it while wearing a wig to worshipping it like a deity.
  • Out of Focus: Zigzagged. He gets the least amount of central limelight episodes out of the five companions, though he is the most prominently used in supporting roles, with his team going through the most development after Ash's.
  • Playing with Fire: Turtonator, Marowak, and Charizard are all part Fire-type, while the former two are both capable of using the Fire-type Z-Move, Inferno Overdrive. Kiawe's appearance reflects this, having black, flame-shaped hair with red highlights.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: He earned his Firium Z in a battle against Rock-type specialist Kahuna, Olivia, using his Fire-type Turtonator.
  • Serious Business: Z-Crystals are this to him. When Ash loses his, everyone immediately starts to fear for his safety should Kiawe find out.
  • Something We Forgot: One part of the Pancake Race involves pulling a wagon carrying a racer's partner (in Kiawe's case it's his massive Turtonator) uphill. Naturally, even if Kiawe proves to be the athletic one the burden was too much for him, and he falls behind. It wasn't until the post-race celebrations did Ash realize that Kiawe hasn't even finished the race.
  • The Stoic: He's the least outwardly friendly, but he's not all that hostile either. And to a ridiculous degree, as he was hit by a flying Togedemaru in his face and it didn't faze him.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Is on the receiving end of this from his little sister. Despite her young age, she is more than capable of doing work at the farm, but Kiawe is constantly paranoid of her getting hurt and overreacts anytime he sees her trying to help out, spurring this reaction from her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He and his father look exactly alike, aside from the latter wearing glasses, but both he and his sister share their mother's hairstyle.
  • Team Dad: The oldest and most experienced and knowledgeable member of the team, having a stern, focused attitude to match. It was implied Kiawe had to protect the others solo from threats like Team Skull prior to Ash arriving.
  • Theme Naming: His whole family (including himself) are named after different kinds of persimmons in Japanese.
  • Twitchy Eye: He gets this reaction after taking a single bite of Mallow's electrified Mythical Alola Stew.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being The Ace, he gets laid out pretty handily by Brock during their Kanto extracurricular class. Justified in that Brock is older and way more experienced, and Steelix had also gone Mega.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees both Ash and Gladion this way, especially after losing to the latter in the League.

    Kiawe's Pokémon 

Turtonator (Bakugames)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

One of Kiawe's Pokémon.


  • Acrofatic: Though it was initially a Mighty Glacier, it is now surprisingly mobile, even without using Shell Smash.
  • Action Bomb: Its Shell Trap ability causes its shell to explode if attacked, harming the attackers. The spikes will detonate when anything touches them. Harper and Sarah are told to be extra careful not to touch them when they both help wash his shell.
  • All There in the Manual: Abiding by its downloadable form for the Generation 7 games, Turtonator's gender is male.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Episodes such as SM123 firmly establish Turtonator's protectiveness towards the smaller Pokemon of the group, along with trying to keep peace between them and Marowak.
  • The Big Guy: Absolutely towers over the rest of the main cast's Pokémon, and is by far the strongest and most battle-experienced besides Pikachu.
  • Canon Immigrant: Kiawe's Turtonator was made a downloadable character via certain promotional events for Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Chest Blaster: Fires Focus Blast from the hole in its chest.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • A group of Team Skull grunts are on the receiving end of one from it in the very first episode, with Turtonator tanking attacks from six of their Pokemon at once and then using Inferno Overdrive to faint all nine of them.
    • Kiawe's first battle against Team Rocket, blasting them off instantly with Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Is on the receiving end of one against Brock's Steelix. Turtonator initially held its own rather decently, but in the end, the large gap in battle power became more and more obvious, to the point where a Mega-Evolved Steelix No Selled his Supereffective Z-move (though barely, as Brock notes).
  • Face of a Thug: Despite its intimidating appearance, it seems a pretty friendly guy and isn't immune to playing along with the others. It welcomes the two newly hatched Vulpix to the team alongside its diminutive classmates.
  • Hidden Depths: Turtonator has proven surprisingly nimble despite its bulky form. It was able to keep up with the other Pokemon and Lillie in a game of jump rope, for example, even performing an elegant pirouette.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Part Dragon-type, and a very powerful Pokémon.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Learns Focus Blast in SM135.
  • Limit Break: It can use the Z-Move Inferno Overdrive.
  • Mighty Glacier: Turtonator isn't fast, but its exploding shell punishes anyone that tries to attack it head-on and its Z-Move hits like a truck. Averted if it uses Shell Smash, as it's shown to be far faster after using it.
  • Mundane Utility: Mallow and Ulu used Turtonator's Flamethrower to cook a recipe in SM072. Kiawe had previously done this in a Japanese Stinger, with less successful results.
  • One of the Kids: Compared to most previous powerhouse Pokemon in the series, Turtonator frequently takes part in the playful moments with the other Pokemon, despite being at least five times the size of most of them.
  • Playing with Fire: Is part Fire-type, and can use Shell Trap, Flamethrower, and the Z-Move Inferno Overdrive.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm but passionate Big Guy of the team, in contrast to Red Oni Marowak.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Happens to it in SM030 while Harper & Sarah are playing on its back resulting in them being blackened by the resultant explosion.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Dragon Tail.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It was already depicted as a powerhouse early on, but after learning Shell Smash, it manages to bypass even its Mighty Glacier weakness.
  • Undying Loyalty: Devoted to Kiawe and his family. When Mimo was targeted by a Thunder attack, Turtonator ran in front of it without command.
  • The Worf Barrage: Manages to fire off a particularly intense Inferno Overdrive while battling Gladion's Silvally, only for Silvally to withstand it by inserting its Fire Memory Drive.

Alolan Marowak (Garagara)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Fumiko Takekuma
Voiced in English by: Sam Black

Marowak first appeared when it stole the Wela Crown during a festival on Akala Island. After being defeated in battle by Turtonator, it decided to join Kiawe.


  • Adaptational Badass: Marowak in the games are fairly powerful, but have mediocre speed. Kiawe's, however, is a Lightning Bruiser and as agile and hyperactive as it is a powerhouse.
  • Bad with the Bone: Knows Shadow Bone and Bonemerang.
  • Battle Boomerang: His bone club works as this as if the attack name "Bonemerang" wasn't evident enough.
  • Blood Knight: Loves to fight and picks fights with other Pokemon.
  • Bullying a Dragon: As mentioned in Fearless Fool below, it likes picking fights with much bigger and terrifying Pokemon.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: One of the more acute cases of this. Kiawe was battling Marowak to get the Wela Crown back, not to capture him. Marowak was the one who offered to be Kiawe's Pokémon afterward, something Kiawe was surprised by, but quite welcome towards.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He takes the place of Totem Salazzle in the anime. It would later be revealed that Totem Salazzle was replaced by a Totem Marowak in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Expy: He regularly picks fights with other Pokémon, seemingly seeing them as opponents and likes to use Headbutt a lot...sound similar to Ash's Scraggy?
  • Extra-ore-dinary: It knows Iron Head.
  • Fearless Fool: Likes picking fights with bigger, more terrifying Pokémon. It constantly pesters Turtonator, and once got the gang in trouble with a wild Onix during their trip to Kanto.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite its aggressive attitude, it loyally serves Kiawe after its capture, and has the occasional softer moment (it glomps Lillie like all the other Pokemon when her phobia is resolved and is shown playing with Ilima's Eevee for example).
  • Keet: Compared to Turtonator, Marowak is quite hyperactive.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Will literally butt heads with anything that comes off as opposition. This compounded some teething problems mastering Inferno Overdrive at first since Marowak wouldn't stay still to synchronize with the already emotionally distracted Kiawe.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's pretty strong but also extremely agile and slippery. This gave Turtonator problems subduing it at first, especially since it was powered by the Wela Crown.
  • Limit Break: It Can use the Fire-type Z-Move Inferno Overdrive.
  • One of the Kids: Marowak is fully evolved but tends to act more like an Annoying Younger Sibling to Turtonator, and like him and Lycanroc, it frequently takes part in the class' fun and games.
  • Playing with Fire: It's Fire-type and knows Flare Blitz. He also likes to spin his bone staff while it's on fire, much like a Hawaiian fire dancer. As of SM070 Marowak can also use the Z-Move Inferno Overdrive.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In the Japanese version, it is added to the opening in the second version of "Alola!!"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Reckless and aggressive Keet, in contrast to Blue Oni Turtonator.
  • Soul Power: Its secondary type is Ghost, and it knows Shadow Bone.
  • Sore Loser: It hates losing and often doesn't take it well. It even attacked Kiawe just because he lost to Brock.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Masters Inferno Overdrive in SM070, making both of Kiawe's battle Pokemon Z-Move capable.
  • Use Your Head: It knows Headbutt and Iron Head, two attacks that require to use its head.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Immediately after Kiawe catches it, Marowak starts trying to headbutt Turtonator. It may have submitted to Kiawe, but it still has a bone to pick with Turtonator.

Charizard (Lizardon)

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Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (SM001-SM105), Tooru Sakurai (SM106-present)

Kiawe's Ride Pokémon. It was once the partner of his late grandfather, the previous Kahuna of Akala Island before Olivia.


  • Ascended Extra: It starts off a very minor character and more a utility than one of the main group in early episodes, though from SM086 onwards it slowly gets more character moments, finalised by Kiawe getting it Flyinium Z in SM107 to make it an official battler in his team.
  • Cool Old Guy: Given it is established that this Charizard was a Pokémon that Kiawe's grandfather used for battles as a Kahuna, Charizard counts as this.
  • Flying Firepower: As a Charizard, it can both fly and breathe fire.
  • Limit Break: In SM107, Kiawe obtains the Flyinium Z from Tapu Fini, enabling Charizard to use the Flying type Z-Move, Supersonic Skystrike.
  • Mundane Utility: Kiawe uses it to make deliveries and travel to and from school.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Its wings are noticeably tattered, which may be due to its age. RotomDex notes in both Japanese and English versions that it is very elderly.
  • Non-Action Guy: At first, Kiawe rarely used it in battle, only as a Ride Pokémon. However, it did help out in the battle against Palossand in episode 22 by teaming up with Turtonator, blasting Palossand with a double Flamethrower. It also sometimes helped with training or as a search party in emergencies. It sees more action later in the series, with Kiawe even using it against Sophocles in the League.
  • Playing with Fire: Knows Flamethrower and Fire Punch.
  • Retired Badass: It was once the partner Pokémon of Kiawe's late grandfather; the retired part is implied by the fact that Kiawe does not use it in battle. Whenever it is forced to use it's strength however, it's still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes able to use the Flying Z-Move Supersonic Skystrike in SM107.
  • Wolverine Claws: Knows Slash.

    Mallow (Mao) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Reina Ueda
Voiced in English by: Rebecca Soler (credited as Jessica Paquet)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Araceli Romero

The daughter of the owners of a local restaurant.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mallow is generally the most laid back and approachable of the students, but can be ticked off. Hard. Her first two battles with Team Rocket ended with Bewear having to save the trio from an Extreme Mêlée Revenge via her Steenee, and she has made bluntly clear even to her father that she won't do work without the proper appreciation.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Should Lana start telling far-fetched tales, it's usually Mallow's job to bring her back to earth, though lately, even Mallow herself tends to fall for them.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays this role towards Lillie and Lana.
  • Childhood Friends: SM059 reveals that she and Lana met and became friends when they were small, well before they enrolled in the school.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She likes to try some unusual experiments with her cooking, such as having Pikachu use Thunderbolt on her stew in order to capture the taste of electricity. She succeeds.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green eyes and hair.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She gets giant hearts in her eyes when she sees Jigglypuff, unaware of its history with Ash.
    Mallow: IT'S SO CUTE!!!
  • A Day in the Limelight: SM018 has her going on a journey with Ash to find nectar to make a legendary stew. SM039 also focuses on her business relationship with her father.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A G-rated example. In SM039, she gets overwhelmed by work at her family's restaurant that she ends up running off and falls down a hill. She ends up in a small hut that serves as a kind of bar that's "manned" by an Oranguru who is talented in mixing drinks. She has a few of these (non-alcoholic) drinks while talking to it about her frustrations.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Storms off after getting overworked at the restaurant, later admitting to Oranguru that she wants at least a bit of appreciation for what she does. When her father Abe finally gives her a thank you, she tearfully apologizes for her behavior.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Mallow has had Tsareena deliver Meowth some of his most merciless beatings for bothering them throughout the series. Being the romantic sort however, when Pheromosa manipulates a lovestruck Meowth for Z-Crystals and then breaks his heart, they are more vocally disgusted than anyone else.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She wears a pink flower tied on with a green headband.
  • Genki Girl: Downplayed. She is fairly relaxed most of the time but is a lot more energetic and extroverted compared to Lana and Lillie's more quiet dispositions. It was a lot more prominent in her childhood memories where she practically dragged Lana around.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Her beatdown on Team Rocket in SM018 was possibly one of the most brutal they'd suffered (and that's saying something), having Steenee Double Slap them to a pulp, and still going as they tried to weakly crawl away. After they try to get some payback at a very inappropriate time in SM039, Bewear has to cut an infuriated Mallow short of giving them an even worse dose.
  • Green Thumb: Seems to have a preference for Grass-types.
  • Lethal Chef: Subverted. Mallow is a good cook but likes to try out some odd and potentially dangerous experiments when she cooks, such as having Pikachu use Thunderbolt on a stew. When she feeds it to Ash and the other classmates, it shocks them as if they had been hit by an actual Thunderbolt.
  • The Medic: Not as often as Lillie, but sometimes plays this role. Upon having Shaymin under her care, she can also use its Aromatherapy to cure the students' Pokemon of battle conditions.
  • Missing Mom: She's notably the only member of the class whose mother has not yet appeared. Ash and Lillie's mothers have appeared, and both parents of Kiawe, Lana, and Sophocles have appeared, but in Mallow's case, only her father has appeared. It is later revealed that her mother passed away from an unspecified illness when she was little.
  • Ms. Exposition: She guides Ash around the Pokémon School, thinking that he's a new student. Ash tries to correct her, but by the end of the episode he does end up enrolling there.
  • Nice Girl: Gladly shows Ash around the school, arranges a surprise party for him and is generally pleasant to everyone.
  • Not So Above It All: Mallow is the most grounded and rational of the group to go with her Team Mom status, but even she has her share of whimsical moments, most notably her Cordon Bleugh Chef tendencies. She also finds Olivia's ditzy behavior to be "awesome", while the rest of the group find it weird. It's also shown that she can get frustrated with her dad at times. In SM068, she was the one with the idea to apply makeup to Ash and make him look like a girl all while sporting a killer Cat Smile.
  • Out of Focus: It took until SM039 for her to get her own focus episode, and didn't have another until SM108. For comparison, all of the other classmates had received one focus episode each by SM011. To balance this out, she appears more regularly in supporting roles than the other classmates, but even then, her contributions tend to be relatively minor.
  • Parting Words Regret: She heavily regrets that her last words to her mother before her passing were that she hated her for apologizing all the time about getting sick. When Tapu Fini lets them see each other again, Mallow's mom encourages them both to turn the regret both had at their last exchange into gratitude for being there when she was alive.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: As children, she was far more outgoing than Lana.
  • The Runaway: In SM039 after being overworked.
  • Static Character: Any time an episode is focused on her, there's a distinct lack of character growth for her because the episode usually tends to develop her own family, friends, or Pokémon. By all means, she is almost flawless, usually acting more a Straight Man to the crazy antics of the people around her, and lacking much of a character arc for herself.
  • Team Chef: Like Brock, Cilan, and Clemont before her. Justified in that her family runs a restaurant.
  • Team Mom: She is encouraging and hospitable to everyone else, and makes sure that the entire group is well fed. She is especially caring towards Lillie, being the one who suggests that Lillie should take care of the Pokémon egg Samson assigned to the class, as a way to help Lillie get over her fear. She also chides Sophocles when he makes snide comments and is quick to call Lana out when she is telling one of her Blatant Lies. In SM044, she is able to calm down a crying Nebby.
  • Tears of Remorse: In SM108, she cries as she admits to Lana her hateful last words to her late mother as a little girl. Later in the episode, when her mother's spirit appears before her, Mallow has a complete breakdown and cries into her chest, apologizing.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy along with Lana to Lillie's girly girl, and also the tomboy to Lana's girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Receives a Grassium Z and a Z-Ring in SM121.
  • Town Girls: The butch to Lana's neither and Lillie's femme.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Much like how Iris voiced Zorua posing as a princess for a movie back in Unova due to Pokémon Speak, Mallow speaks as Queen Tsareena in "Lillier and the Staff".
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She does. Notably, when the class plays Pokébase (baseball but with Pokémon), she's the only character wearing shorts.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair, which combined with the white accents on her overalls and pink Flower in Her Hair roughly matches the colors of her Steenee.

    Mallow's Pokémon 

Bounsweet (Amakaji) -> Steenee (Amamaiko) -> Tsareena (Amajo)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Chika Fujimura
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld

Mallow's first Pokémon.


  • Badass Adorable: Team Rocket immediately comment on how cute she is once she evolves into Steenee. This is followed by them learning that she is also capable of beating them up singlehandedly.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mallow's Steenee was made a downloadable character via certain promotional events for Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Rowlet's affinity for her Sweet Scent comes in handy when Lusamine's possessed Lilligant distracts it with the same move. Rowlet is then willingly kicked by Steenee to perform a Fastball Special.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's stronger than she looks, effortlessly fending off Rowlet repeatedly when it kept attacking her because it had mistaken her for an actual fruit. This is ramped up exponentially when she evolves into Steenee—immediately after her evolution, she single-handedly beat Team Rocket into bloody pulps!
  • Disaster Dominoes:
    • Bounsweet tripping during the Pancake Race in SM013 causes a chain reaction that causes her, Jessie's Mimikyu and Lana's Popplio to be eliminated from the race (though also foils Mimikyu's attempt to attack Pikachu as a consolation).
    • Her sneezing in SM016 starts another one that ends with Rowlet and Popplio being sent flying inside one of Popplio's balloons, causing the starter Pokémon to become separated from their trainers.
  • Fastball Special: During the operation to rescue Lusamine, Steenee weaponizes Rowlet's attraction to her with a move Lana calls "Sure-Kill Mokushoot", or "Rowlaunch" in the English dub. She uses Sweet Scent, then knocks Rowlet away, and he uses Peck from that.
    • When Steenee evolves into Tsareena, Lana redubs the move as "Neo Sure-Kill Mokushoot".
  • Genki Girl: As a Bounsweet and Steenee, she was a very energetic Pokémon who, true to her species, was always bouncing and happily interacting with other Pokémon. As a Tsareena, she grows out of this personality.
  • Green Thumb: Is Grass-type and learns Magical Leaf upon evolving into Steenee, and Trop Kick upon evolving into Tsareena. She can also use the Grass-type Z-Move Bloom Doom.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Mallow's training of Tsareena throughout the series amounts to one single practice spar against Misty. She was the first Pokemon on the team to fully evolvenote  and has most of her species' signature moves. Subverted in the league however, where Reality Ensues and Mallow is rather easily eliminated by Lana due to lack of training or battle experience, with even Bloom Doom, the one technique she did train for, unable to save her.
  • Heli-Critter: As a Bounsweet, she could spin the leaves on her head to knock back attackers, first demonstrated on Rowlet. It doesn't grant her flight, but she can hover up short distances.
  • Kick Chick: Learns Stomp in SM082, triggering her Evolution into Tsareena, learning Trop Kick afterward.
  • Lady of War: After evolving into Tsareena, her personality changes to this.
  • Limit Break: She can use the Grass-type Z-Move Bloom Doom.
  • Mundane Utility: When staying with Sophocles in SM030, Steenee uses her sweet aroma to help him get a good night's rest since he can't sleep without a nightlight usually provided by Togedemaru.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Bounsweet hangs out on Mallow's shoulder most of the time. As Steenee, she's too big for that to work anymore.note 
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wears one as Queen Tsareena in "Lillier and the Staff".
  • Reflexive Response: In SM016, Rowlet charges at Bounsweet after she accidentally startles it awake with Sweet Scent. Bounsweet, remembering the latter's earlier attempts to eat her, quickly whops it with her leaves, accidentally setting off the episode's plot.
  • She's Got Legs: Very much in play once she's Tsareena.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In their first face-off, Steenee effortlessly beat all of the Team Rocket trio to a pulp after evolving. The second time around, they kidnap her rather easily, and she needs assistance to land even a single hit on Meowth. In the Ultra Space climax, things take the middle ground, with her pulling her own weight but relying on teamwork from Rowlet due to the power difference.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon evolving into Steenee, and later Tsareena, she makes short work of Team Rocket both times.
  • Transformation Sequence: Bounsweet's evolution, the first one to be shown in the Sun and Moon saga, looks straight out of a Magical Girl series. Also seen when Steenee evolves into Tsareena.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The poor thing practiced so hard for the Pokémon Pancake Race, only to be eliminated rather early in.

    Mallow's Companion Pokémon 

Shaymin

Voiced in English by: Lori Phillips

A Pokemon that finds Mallow after she reconciles with the spirit of her late mother. Mallow decides to care for it until it can change into its Sky Form and look after itself.


  • Antidote Effect: Knows Aromatherapy, which it uses to cure the student's Pokemon whenever they fall victim to poison attacks.
  • Cowardly Lion: Is extremely demure, and intimidated towards battling, though will put its well being on the line for Mallow and Sandy.
  • Determinator: Has a close enough bond with Mallow that when her hairband is swept in the wind, it doesn't let its small size keep it from trying to get it back.
  • Green Thumb: A Grass type.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Though technically not captured by Mallow, it has no qualms representing her in her personal agendas, helping in the restaurant and even battling for her in the Manalo Conference, making it the first wild Pokemon to take part in a league.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shaymin managed to qualify Mallow into the second round of the Alola League, apparently defeating a fair helping of Pokemon in the first round with Sandy's help, though we see only the aftermath.
  • Olympus Mons: While not officially captured by Mallow, Shaymin is succinctly loyal to her and follows her orders, making it one of three Mythical/Legendary tier Pokemon to fight for a trainer in the Alola league.
  • Out of Focus: Thus far SM117 is Shaymin's only limelight episode since it first appeared, with Mallow only sporadically using it otherwise.
  • Physical God: Being a Mythical Pokemon that can restore land does not escape Rotom or Team Rocket's notice.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Possibly due to Shaymin not being Alola native, almost no one besides Rotom and Team Rocket pays exceptional attention to the fact that Mallow has a mythical Pokemon in her possession.
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    Lana (Suiren) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi Kikuchi
Voiced in English by: Rosie Reyes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Pamela Cruz

Ash first runs into her while she is fishing a Bruxish out of the sea, meeting her formally at school later. Her primary Pokémon is a Popplio, but also has a Lapras who serves as her ride Pokémon in the sea.


  • The Ace: Lana is showed as very proficient not only about swimming and fishing, but also in sports and even ninjutsu (or the close equivalent). She is also generally treated as fluent in battling with barely any of the same training or trial and error Ash or Kiawe required. Basically, what someone can do, she somewhat can do better.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • When she sees Team Skull bullying a wild Popplio during a flashback, she has her Lapras freeze them all while she escapes with it.
    • She also delivers a pretty nasty Death Glare, complete with a This Is Unforgivable!, to Team Rocket after saving a bunch of Ride Pokémon that they attempted to steal, followed by her having Popplio handily deflect their own attacks back onto them.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Soft-spoken and somewhat withdrawn, but do not mistreat Water Pokémon in front of her if you know what's good for you.
  • Big Eater: A downplayed example because it's never given any attention. Whenever eating out with her peers, Lana's portions tend to be noticeably larger than the others.
  • The Big Guy: Lana's the Pint-Sized Powerhouse of the core six with strong physical skills thanks to her fishing skills, love for macho and intense training with Poppolio, and the most developed in Pokemon battles behind Ash and Kiawe.
  • Blatant Lies: The preview for SM005 has her claim that she once reeled in a red Gyarados. This trait is picked up from her mother, who playfully lies to Harper and Sarah.
  • Cassandra Truth: Her claim about hooking a Kyogre in SM120 is naturally met with skepticism (particularly when she's known for lying like this)...until she shows off her newly evolved Primarina.
  • Childhood Friends: SM059 reveals that she and Mallow met and became friends when they were small before they enrolled in the school.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Harper and Sarah, as much as they get on her nerves at times.
  • Covert Pervert: Shows shades of this towards muscular characters such as Buzzwole, the Masked Royal, and his Incineroar; she starts blushing and gets sparkly-eyed.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Guzma consistently has the upper hand in their League match, but she does pull off a few strategies of her own, having her Primarina freeze Golisopod's feet and countering Pin Missile with Surf.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue eyes and hair.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets a lot of focus in regards to her backstory and personality in SM005. SM032 and SM033 have her obtain her Z-Ring and face a Totem Wishiwashi for a Waterium Z.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Team Rocket after saving a bunch of ride Pokémon that they attempted to steal.
  • Determinator: Despite Popplio being too scared to battle Totem Wishiwashi, she refuses to give up trying to reel it in. The same thing happens when she's trying to calm down a Kyogre, even when it drags her deep underwater.
  • The Gadfly: Is the closest thing the group has to a class clown. While she is usually soft-spoken, Lana is prone to saying outrageous statements and doing ridiculous things to get a rise out of her friends. SM099 later reveals it runs in the family with her mother indulging in the same behavior.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Temporarily in episode 113 in her "Magical Girl form".
  • Graceful Loser: After she loses to Guzma, Mallow, Lillie, and Sophocles are indignant on her behalf due to Guzma's brutal strategies, but she calmly points out that Guzma didn't break any rules, and that she will use the loss as motivation to become a stronger trainer.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her reaction when her sisters tease her about bringing Ash to their home for the first time.
  • Making a Splash: She loves the sea, and all of her known Pokémon so far are either Water-type — a Popplio and a Lapras that serves as her Ride Pokémon — or loves the water, like her Eevee who traveled by sea and picked up Mantine Surf.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Water-type Pokémon, especially her Popplio.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite her thin frame, she has strength, much to Kiawe's shock.
  • Older Than They Look: Is around the same age as Mallow, but looks a lot younger.
  • The Quiet One: Generally the quietest of the class, and speaks softly when she does talk.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her love for fishing has given her a surprising amount of upper body strength. In SM028, she hits Kiawe's Inferno Overdrive pitch and sends it far out of the school, leaving Kiawe in complete disbelief. This is further demonstrated when she manages to keep Totem Wishiwashi hooked in SM033. Later episodes show she is one the more athletic members of the cast when she outdoes Kiawe in gymnastics.
  • Pre-Meeting: The first of the Alola crew to informally meet Ash; he ran into her when he was riding a Sharpedo while she was fishing a Bruxish out of the sea.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: As children, she was far less outgoing than Mallow.
  • School Swimsuit: She wears one under her everyday clothes. During the Beach Episode, she has no inhibitions about ditching her clothes to reveal her swimsuit.
  • Ship Tease: She mostly spend her times with Ash which lead into He Is Not My Boyfriend like in SM005, her twin sisters tease her about if Ash was her boyfriend which she quickly denied while breaking out into a Luminescent Blush. This happens again, this time by Island Kahuna Olivia in SM033 who asks her if she is going on a fishing date with Ash which she clears up is not the case, once again breaking into the same blushed face. Happens again in SM082, where Harper and Sarah once again tease her about Ash being her boyfriend before the start of the Alolan Hula.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Downplayed. She generally has no problem socializing with the others, but she is less outgoing than Mallow and gets a bit flustered at first when she is asked to lead the class' fishing lesson. SM059 reveals that Lana was very shy when she was little and that Mallow was the first girl she ever warmed up to.
  • "Silly Me" Gesture: She sticks her tongue out when she lies, accompanied by this gesture from time to time.
  • Static Character: Similar to Mallow, in that while Lana has quirks, she lacks many defining vices, and while her Pokemon team does increase throughout the series, there isn't much in terms of actual Character Development.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She and her little sisters get their looks from their mother, who looks like an older Lana with darker hair.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy along with Mallow to Lillie's girly girl, and herself the girly girl to Mallow's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The third of the Pokémon School class to earn a Z-Ring when her Ride Stoutland in SM032 found a Sparkling Stone. The next episode, she earns a Waterium Z from a Totem Wishiwashi.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the shortest and youngest-looking of the three girls, and the second shortest member of the class overall, with only Sophocles being shorter.
  • Town Girls: The neither to Mallow's butch and Lillie's femme.
  • Tranquil Fury: Whenever she's angry or her Berserk Button has been pushed, she doesn't yell or get loud; she remains eerily calm while delivering a very chilling Death Glare... and proceeding to hand the offenders their backsides by whatever means available.
  • The Trickster: She has a mischievous streak and will casually tell Blatant Lies just to mess with others, such as when she informs her classmates that they have a chance of fishing up a Kyogre. When she hosts the Poké Problem segment in SM005, she initially tells the audience that Popplio is a Fire-type before revealing the actual correct answer.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Her younger twin siblings look like mini clones of her.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being one of the more competent battlers in the class, she is brutally defeated by Guzma in the League to further demonstrate how much of a threat he is.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair with a gold headband. And it runs in the family: she has twin younger sisters who also have blue hair.

    Lana's Pokémon 

Popplio (Ashimari) -> Brionne (Osyamari) -> Primarina (Ashirene)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa (Ashimari), Risa Shimizu (Osyamari and Ashirene)
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens (SM001-SM062), Laurie Hymes (SM063-present)

A Popplio belonging to Lana. It later evolves into Brionne and then Primarina.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Popplio is usually cheerful and affectionate, but its patience is quickly exhausted by Rowlet's dozy antics when the two are separated from their trainers. It even smacks Rowlet awake after the latter continuously nods off during inappropriate times, and later trolls Rowlet by trapping it in a bubble and leaving it to float on the canal.
  • Beyond the Impossible: It can make bubbles way bigger than a Popplio normally can, though making them stable is another issue. Lampshaded by the RotomDex:
    RotomDex: It won't work! It's already 150% bigger than the normal size-roto!
  • Bubble Gun: Popplio's battle style. Its ability to make very large durable bubbles that can hold attack projectiles or even whole Pokemon makes it a more effective example than usual though.
  • Character Tics: It claps when it's happy.
  • Cuddle Bug: Enjoys being picked up/carried around by Lana in the manner of a lap-dog. Also unhesitatingly cuddles up on Lillie's lap.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As Brionne and Primarina.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Popplio was the victim of the tormenting of several Team Skull Grunts before Lana stepped in and rescued it. Because Lana didn't want Popplio to start disliking humans, she chose it as her partner Pokémon.
  • Girliness Upgrade: As it evolves, Popplio gets increasingly more feminine looking
  • Kill It with Water: Especially once Popplio learns Surf. Not only does it summon a tsunami, but she can ride the resulting waves.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: It's not shown using any actual Pokémon moves until SM016, in which it is revealed that it can actually use Bubble Beam pretty effectively, in addition to using the regular bubbles it blows out of its nose as improvised attacks. It learns Aqua Jet and finally masters the Z-Move Hydro Vortex under similar heated circumstances to protect its trainer. Taken a step further when it learns Surf in a battle to protect its Eevee friend from Team Skull.
  • Limit Break: After Lana gets a Z-Ring and Waterium Z, Popplio can perform Hydro Vortex. As a Primarina, It can use Oceanic Operetta.
  • Making a Splash: A Water-type Pokémon that knows Bubble Beam, Aqua Jet, and Surf, as well as having access to the water-type Z-Move Hydro Vortex. As a Primarina it can use its signature Z-Move Oceanic Operetta.
  • Precious Puppy: In the anime, its vocalizations sound like the yapping of a small dog (or rather, a seal pup).
  • Pet the Dog: Lana's act in saving it, taking care of it when it was recovering, and making it her Pokémon can be seen as this towards Popplio's initial reception when the Sun and Moon starters were revealed and a representation of the Popplio Defense Squad.
  • Snot Bubble: Popplio's bubbles are conveyed as blowing out its nose.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy:
    • Popplio is the Straight Man to Rowlet's Wise Guy. Popplio gets annoyed with Rowlet whenever it sleeps at inappropriate times and tries to get Rowlet to focus.
    • It later plays the Straight Man to its team mate Sandy's Wise Guy, who is hyperactive and air headed, with Popplio desperately trying to keep it out of trouble.
  • Surfer Dude: Once it learns Surf. One particularly funny scene in SM099 has Popplio and Sandy riding on the former's Surf, with Popplio having a Badass Arm-Fold.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • While it was understandably very scared of Totem Wishiwashi, Popplio puts that aside once it sees Lana in danger and learns Aqua Jet to defeat Wishiwashi.
    • Following this and earning Waterium Z, Popplio trained for and, despite some teething problems, managed to master the Z Move, Hydro Vortex.
    • Come SM099 and it learns Surf, using it to summon a tidal wave that blocks off Team Skull's Pokémon's attacks and serves as a platform for it and Sandy to ride on.
    • In SM106, as Ida and Kanoa are about to leave, Popplio shows off the results of its training with Ida's Primarina, evolving into a Brionne and making one giant, impressive bubble.
    • Brionne evolves into a Primarina itself in SM120 and uses its voice to calm down a raging Kyogre.
  • The Worf Effect: It gets a unnerving beatdown from Guzma's Golisopod in the quarter finals of the Alola league, due to Guzma anticipating most of Lana's techniques and neutralising them before they can apply damage, even countering her Z-Move Oceanic Operetta.

Eevee/"Sandy" (Eievui/"Nagisa")

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Original Appearance
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Haircut Appearance
Voiced in Japanese by: Wakana Kingyo
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder

A wild Eevee who is the focus character of the Eevee, Where are You Going? segments. It is later caught by Lana and nicknamed Sandy.


  • Badass Adorable: Unfailingly chipper and adorable, and its first shown usage of Double-Edge causes Team Skull to explode and go sailing off into the horizon. They almost collide with Kiawe as he's flying around on his Charizard.
  • Bait-and-Switch: See Expy below; many fans thought that Eevee was going to be captured by Ash. Instead, it's Lana who takes it in instead.
  • Big Eater: In the first segment, it helps itself to a Houndour's food (which kickstarted its journey to Alola). When it makes it to Alola, it notices a bunch of Nanab Berry trees and proceeds to headbutt it in excitement over the berries. The fifth segment opens with it waking up and finishing a bunch of berries it gathered.
  • Big Fancy House: Lana catches it in a Dive Ball.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: With the Mantine that rescued and befriended it.
  • Blinding Bangs: One of its distinguishing traits. After Lana catches it, it gets its bangs cut to somewhat resemble Lana's hairstyle.
  • Blush Stickers: In its happier moments, Sandy can show these off.
  • Butt-Monkey: The poor thing just can't catch a break. Across its debut segments it gets chased by a Houndour onto a ship, knocked overboard and almost Lost at Sea, then winds up in Alola and gets slugged for being a little too curious about a Pyukumuku.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Knows Double-Edge, though its first shown usage doesn't result in an injury more severe than a comically-large head bump.
  • Expy: With its general bad luck and Big Eater tendencies, this Eevee may as well be Ash in Pokémon form...Which makes it unexpected when it forms a bond with Popplio and Lana catches it.
  • Foreshadowing: Its quick adeptness to Mantine Surf and its interaction with Wingull, Mantine, Wimpod and Pyukumuku may have been a hint to its future Trainer's element of Water.
  • Keet: It's extremely excitable and its greeting to most new people is to cheerfully tackle them head-on. Most of the gang's Pokémon get knocked around when they first meet (except Turtonator), but they've adjusted by their second encounter.
  • Little Stowaway: Boards a ship to escape a Houndour it angered by eating its food. Ultimately subverted because...
  • Look Both Ways: Nearly gets run over by a car in Malie City before Shaymin pushes it out of the way.
  • Lost at Sea: It accidentally gets tossed overboard, courtesy of a passing Wailord. Fortunately, a passing Mantine picks it up and offers it a ride to land.
  • Meaningful Rename: Its nickname Nagisa means "shore" in Japanese — which is exactly where Lana met and caught it. Its English name, "Sandy" retains more or less the same meaning.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: This Eevee has Blinding Bangs and a scruffy mane, giving it an unkempt appearance compared to other Eevee. Lana later trims it, though it keeps a distinct style.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Sandy managed to qualify Lana into the second round of the Alola League, apparently defeating a fair helping of Pokemon in the first round with Shaymin's help, though we see only the aftermath.
  • Out of Focus: Despite the fanfare introduction with its own separate shorts, Sandy hasn't done much since being captured by Lana. SM117 is its only central role episode since then, and even that is shared with Shaymin and Meltan.
  • Use Your Head: The way it usually greets people and Pokemon alike is by headbutting them, which can sometimes get it into trouble.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the dub it first sounded like a typical Eevee, but after a couple of shorts its voice starts to reflect the spunkiness Sandy is known for.

Lapras (Laplace)

Lana's ride Pokémon.
  • An Ice Person: Is part Ice-type and knows Ice Beam, which it uses to freeze a group of Team Skull grunts who were harassing Popplio.
  • Making a Splash: Part Water-type.
  • Out of Focus: It has been seldom used since the first season, and even then only made sporadic appearances, with a Dragonair taking over as Lana's ride Pokemon during Ultra Guardian missions. It is also the only one of the main group's current Pokemon not to be used in the Alola league.

    Sophocles (Mamane) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Fumiko Takekuma
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Karla Vega

The smart guy of the class, he's depicted as very adept with technology. His first Pokémon is a Togedemaru.


  • Adapted Out: His ace in the games was Alolan-Golem, which is also his Z-Mover in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Here that role is shifted more to his Togedemaru.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the games, Sophocles was a rather introverted kid who seemed more comfortable with machines than with other people. Here he's much more sociable and talkative, though he still has some insecurities.
    • In the games, he is very close friends with his cousin Molayne. But because Sophocles lives on Melemele Island while Molayne still lives on Ula'Ula Island in the anime canon, this relationship is much more downplayed.
  • Agent Scully: He really doesn't get how Komala can move so easily in its sleep, thinking that it must be awake.
  • Big Eater: Both times when Mallow has everyone taste test her attempt at making mythical Alolan stew, he is still hungry after he finishes his portion. The first time is explained by him having skipped lunch, but he is unable to come up with a reasonable excuse the second time.
  • Blatant Lies: He doesn't actually like ice cream, he just eats it to collect information on it. Also, when the lights go out in the shopping center in SM006, he claims he isn't scared of the dark, and only got "a little startled", even though he was running around in a panic screaming "I'm scared!" a few seconds beforehand.
  • Child Prodigy: He does computer programming on his own time. When he and Ash are trapped inside a shopping center in SM006, he quickly uses his computer skills to figure out the problem.
  • A Day in the Limelight: SM006 focuses on him and his Togedamaru. SM026 also has him undergo The Moving Experience plotline, while SM041 focuses on him entering his Charjabug in a race.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He has invented various gadgets, including a high-tech fishing rod and a Clawitzer-inspired squirt gun.
  • Geek Physiques: Short and fat. When the group chases after Tapu Koko, he ends up getting stuck on a log and has to be pushed over.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: He enjoys ice cream, though he seems hesitant to admit this to others.
  • Heroic BSoD: He spends most of SM026 in one, initially because he thinks he's moving out of Alola, and then because he's too humiliated to tell his friends that his new house is only down the street for one week after the group makes a big deal out of it.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In SM026, when he finds out his parents are actually moving the family a block down the street for only one week and not out of Alola forever like he believed (and told his friends), he imagines his friends getting angry at him for his supposed lie and saying they hate him, suggesting that he might be more insecure than he presents himself.
    • The same episode revealed that Sophocles was the first person to befriend Lillie after she first arrived at the school.
    • He has an interest in becoming an astronaut in the future.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In SM019, he tells Ash to eat the malasadas his mother made slowly...only to stuff his face with them a second later.
    • Exactly 100 episodes later, he lectures Vikavolt on being distracted by tree sap while training for the race...and the next scene showed him being dragged away in turn from the malasada shop.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Happens to him, Ash and Lillie in SM083 as a result of a botched experiment by Faba. Thankfully the transformation wasn't stable and they shortly grew back.
  • The Moving Experience: In SM026, he finds out that this family is moving. He gets showered with parting gifts from the others, even receiving a Charjabug from Ash as a farewell gift. It turns out they're just moving to a house down the street from his old house. For just a single week, no less.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of Ash, Lillie, and himself, he's the only one to be reasonably concerned about getting shrunk in SM083. Ash and Lillie both say that they had fun, while Sophocles says that he never wants to experience that again.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He freaks out after his parents mention that they're moving and tells his friends, who then go out of the way to make his last days with them as great as possible. It's not until the day after that his parents tell him that they're moving three houses down the street for one week, not out of Alola, and Sophocles is so embarrassed he can't muster up the courage to tell his friends until after the farewell party.
  • Repressed Memories: In SM079, it is revealed that Sophocles had a sad one after an encounter with a Minior at a young age.
  • Shipper on Deck: He is very encouraging of a possible relationship between Togedemaru and Pikachu.
  • Shock and Awe: He seems to favor Electric-types.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Shortest of the class and the most tech-savvy.
  • Slasher Smile: He gets a little too eager to "examine" RotomDex's "programming", brandishing a screwdriver at it menacingly.
  • The Smart Guy: A mix between Gadgeteer Genius type and trickster. He's introduced working on his computer and has rigged up a hamster wheel to the side of his desk for his Togedemaru to generate power. This would come in handy later on when training the capacity of Ash's team.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Unsurprisingly, his parents look like him in that they're short and fat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In SM119, he receives both a Buginium Z and a Z-Ring. He shows just how far he's come in his League battle against Kiawe: while he ultimately loses, he puts up a close fight that has Kiawe's Charizard on the ropes more than once.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of the dark. In SM119, he forces himself to overcome this for the sake of Vikavolt during the race as well as his own dream of becoming an astronaut.

    Sophocles' Pokémon 

Togedemaru

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Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Kate Bristol (SM001-SM080), Emily Cramer (SM081-present)

Sophocles' first Pokémon. A hyperactive Pokémon who is extremely fond of Pikachu.


  • Be the Ball: She's basically a ball-shaped mouse and can even curl up to roll around. Which sometimes causes accidents when she's too excited.
  • Collision Damage: Gets to put her spikes to good use using Spiky Shield.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Similar to Rowlet, Togedemaru is a rather ditzy comical Pokémon, but has proved useful more than once, using her Lightning Rod ability to help Pikachu defeat Team Rocket and later protect the others from Tapu Koko's wild electric bolts. Sophocles also used her to capture Charjabug rather quickly with this method. She also manages to advance Sophocles past the first round of the Alola league.
  • Cuddle Bug: She takes a liking to Pikachu.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Part Steel-type.
  • Genki Girl: She's very excitable, but this often causes her to get carried away when she's rolling around, accidentally causing her to crash into objects, people (usually Ash) and other Pokémon in the process. Sophocles even comments on this.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: Sophocles has a hamster wheel rigged to the side of his desk for Togedemaru to generate power for his computer.
  • Heroic BSoD: Akin to Sophocles, the events of SM026 leave her upset throughout most of the episode. For her, it's the prospect of losing Pikachu that sets her off.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Her spikes are used by Sophocles to win a balloon-popping contest.
    • Sophocles uses her as a night light since he's afraid of the dark.
    • In SM030, she cleans the floor of Mallow's restaurant by rolling around at Super Speed while covered in water and wet towels.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The suffix -maru is usually for male names. Togedemaru is explicitly female. Justified because it's the species name, not her individual name.
  • No-Sell: Her ability, Lightning Rod draws all Electric-type attacks to her and they don't deal any damage.
  • Out of Focus: Following Charjabug's evolution, Togedemaru is utilised less in favour of Vikavolt being trained and boosted for the league. She is noticeably the only of the six students' signatures not to have learned a Z-Move.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Togedemaru is hyperactive and playful, compared to Blue Oni Charjabug.
  • Shock and Awe: She's part Electric-type and knows the move Zing Zap. While her own electric power is very weak, she can use the Lightning Rod ability to absorb the electric attacks of other Pokémon to power up her attacks.
  • Sore Loser: Didn't take Sophocles losing in the Pancake Race very well.
  • Spike Balls of Doom: She's covered in spikes that can fold in. Zing Zap weaponizes this by turning her into an electrified spike ball.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Can become this at times when Pikachu tires of her attention.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: She's small, short and round comparable to Sophocles' chubbiness. Her spikes and white fur also match his spiky hair and white shirt.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Used Lightning Rod to fry Team Rocket during their first encounter with her after they neutralized Pikachu. Also angrily tackled Marowak and its Kanto counterpart after they sent Pikachu blasting off (though she ended up finding that she was hopelessly outmatched against them).
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Zing Zap is the only move she's been shown using, but when she does need to battle, it's enough to get the job one. Subverted in SM129, where she is revealed to have learned Spiky Shield.

Charjabug (Denjimushi) -> Vikavolt (Kuwagannon)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka (Denjimushi), Yuji Ueda (Kuwagannon)
Voiced in English by: Rebecca Becker (Charjabug)

Sophocles' second Pokémon. It was given to him as a farewell gift by Ash when his classmates thought he was moving away.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Has shades of this around Togedemaru. In one instance Pikachu goes missing, Charjabug starts comforting a distraught Togedamaru, and in SM069 when she tumbles down a small hill, it makes a Diving Save to soften her fall.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Part Bug-type. Charjabug is large enough to fit snug and tight inside a pet carrier, and Vikavolt is large enough to carry a human at least a small distance. In SM123 it’s revealed to have learned Signal Beam and can also use the Bug-type Z-Move Savage Spin-Out
  • Fauxshadowing: Ash has been foreshadowed to catch a Grubbin since the first episode, and he's even seen throwing a Poké Ball at one in the season's opening credits. Not only has he had an unsuccessful attempt to catch one, but the member of the line he does catch is simply put in a pet carrier and given to Sophocles for him to catch as a farewell gift.
  • Funny Background Event: A lot of its cameo appearances in episodes amount this, slowly crawling around the classroom for whatever function.
  • It Was a Gift: Ash captured Charjabug for Sophocles when bad communication left everyone convinced the latter was moving away.
  • Limit Break: It can use the Bug-type Z-Move Savage Spin-Out.
  • Living Battery: Charjabug can be used to store power. That was the whole reason it was caught for Sophocles.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: In SM069, it sends out sound waves to summon a herd of Grubbin to help the heroes.
  • Mundane Utility: Apparently an Alola event involves racing Charjabug in novelty go-karts, their ability to store electricity allowing them to power and drive them.
  • One of the Kids: Charjabug keeps a pretty affectionate and playful personality even after evolving into Vikavolt.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In the Japanese version, Charjabug is added to the opening in the second version of "Alola!!".
  • The Quiet One: From what has been seen, Charjabug is slow, quiet and calm, even in combat. It does, however, have soft mechanical sounds occasionally when moving. It is even revealed to have a Mild nature in the Japanese version. After evolving into Vikavolt, it becomes a bit more vocal.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Charjabug is a quiet and mild-natured Blue Oni, in contrast to the hyperactive and jumpy Red Oni Togedemaru. It becomes more energetic as Vikavolt, though is still more reserved than its Genki Girl team mate.
  • Shock and Awe: Part Electric-type, and knows Discharge. Knowing Sophocles's affinity for Electric-types, Rotom suggested that Ash should go and try to catch a Charjabug for him, resulting in this one's capture. It also shocked Ash when he tried to pull it out of the ground after Pikachu, Rockruff, and Litten dug it up. In SM127 It’s revealed to have learned Zap Cannon.
  • Shrinking Violet: According to Sophocles, Charjabug has a Mild nature, meaning it was under-confident training for the Charjabug kart race at first.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Vikavolt tended to be used more dominantly for Sophocles' Character Development, with it trained and bulked far more than Togedemaru. This led to Vikavolt being used for the larger part of the Alola league as well.
  • Sweet Tooth: Became a bit distracted by tree sap when training in SM119.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In SM106, Charjabug manages to defeat a colony of Golbat by first tying them up with String Shot and then using Discharge to send electricity through the String Shot and to the Golbat. Later, it evolves into a Vikavolt and uses its newly-gained flight capabilities to save Horacio and his Shiny Charjabug.
    • After winning a Bugium Z crystal, Vikavolt learns Signal Beam and, following a battle against a wild Crawdaunt, masters the Z-Move Savage Spin Out.
    • By the time of the Alola League, Sophocles has taught Vikavolt Zap Cannon. It manages to advance him past the second round, defeating Mina's Ribbonbee without even using its Z-Move.
  • Transforming Mecha: Sophocles mods its kart so it can become a Mini-Mecha, but he didn't program it to do anything else besides that.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Much like Togedemaru, Charjabug is a short, stout Pokémon, and blatantly lacks Togedemaru's energetic personality to make him even more like its trainer.
  • When He Smiles: After winning the Charjabug kart race, its eyes make a happy expression. It does the same after being congratulated on its evolution.

Faculty

    Professor Kukui (Doctor Kukui) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Keiichi Nakagawa (adult), Chika Fujimura (child)
Voiced in English by: Abe Goldfarb
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Daniel Lacy

The resident expert of Pokémon in the Alola Region, he specializes in the study of Z-Moves. Main teacher of Ash (who's staying at his house for the duration of this series, for now) and the Alola crew.


  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games, Kukui is already married to Burnet. In the anime, they begin as acquaintances, and we get to watch their relationship evolve until they ultimately get married in SM055.
    • His past with Guzma is also elaborated on in SM128.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He seems to be less over-the-top and more laid back than his game counterpart. When he becomes the Masked Royal however...
  • Adapted Out: His lead Pokémon in the games is a Midday-Lycanroc, presumably evolved from the Rockruff he uses earlier in the game, but in the anime, the Rockruff staying with him ends up having been a wild Pokémon, and was captured by Ash. Presumably, his Alolan-Ninetales from the games is also adapted out, given it hasn't appeared despite Lillie's own Alolan-Vulpix, Snowy, being a major recurring character.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Gets angry at Ash in SM037 when he returns after going missing in the middle of the night. However, he backs off after Ash apologizes and tells everyone that he was trying to find Rockruff.
  • Badass Teacher: He doesn't battle much, but he and his Braviary are pretty tough when they have to be. And then there's his persona as the Masked Royal.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kukui peppers his dialogue with Pokémon attack metaphors. He is still a good teacher and an experienced Pokémon Professor. Later episodes reveal he is an even better battler too.
  • Clark Kenting: Only Ash's Torracat, his own Pokémon, Faba, and Molayne know that he's the Masked Royal.
  • Cool Teacher: He lets his students arrange a surprise party for Ash and is generally pretty laid back. His classes are also fun and interesting and more practical than theoretical.
  • Dramatic Unmask: His disguise as the Masked Royal gets blown away when he and Ash perform double Gigavolt Havocs to send the last Guzzlord back to Ultra Space in SM140.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Some of his lesson plans are rather unique, such as switching around the class' Pokemon for one day. He also uses his Masked Royal persona to help Ash train Litten into a Torracat.
  • Final Boss: Just like in the original Sun & Moon games, Kukui challenges Ash after he is crowned Alola League Champion.
  • Friendly Rival: Poses as one for Ash incognito as the Masked Royal. Later he even inducts him and Torracat as his tag team partners.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: As a child, he and his then-Litten first met Ash and Torracat when the latter were accidentally transported into the past by Celebi. It's from them that Kukui first got the idea of a Pokémon League.
  • Happily Married: He eventually marries Burnet.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Even though there was very little preparation for him due to the wedding being a surprise, he still looks pretty sharp in his tuxedo.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: With the reveal that he is an exceptionally skilled trainer included with a Z-Ring ends up being this in retrospect given he prefers to let Ash and Kiawe handle Team Skull's frequent trespassing and harassment of students instead of doing it himself. This trope notably vanishes after it's time for his post-Alola League battle with Ash; since his secret identity as the Masked Royal was blown, Kukui shows he's not going to be holding back in the slightest by sending out Incineroar first.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Played for Laughs when Ash washes a hamper full of identical lab coats.
  • Masked Luchador: As the Masked Royal.
  • My Greatest Failure: He is extremely upset with himself seeing Guzma in the present day, as both of them were apprenticed under Hala and he failed to stop Guzma from running off.
  • Mythology Gag: He was the final opponent in the Sun and Moon games, so after he's exposed as the Royal Mask he faces Ash without his disguise.
  • Parental Substitute: Since Ash is living with him, he ends up playing this role to him.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As the Masked Royal. It works though, since only Ash's Torracat recognizes him, and even then, only after sniffing him.
  • Pungeon Master: Not to the extent of Samson Oak, but he peppers his speech with Pokemon moves.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The identity of his sixth Pokemon is unknown since Tapu Koko slapped its Poke Ball away and took its place before Kukui could send it out.
  • Two-Teacher School: Kukui is the only teacher we see. Obviously, Samson also pulls double-duty as headmaster and teacher, but two teachers still aren't enough to cover the Pokémon School, which does have a sizable student body apart from the six main characters.
  • The Unmasking: Ash and the Masked Royal's final attack on the Shiny Guzzlord ends up blowing his mask off, on live television no less. As a consequence, Kukui ends up battling Ash in the exhibition match as himself, completely forgoing the Masked Royal persona.
  • The Un-Reveal: We don't get to see what Kukui's 6th and final Pokémon is due to Tapu Koko's sudden arrival at the Exhibition Match, inserting itself as Kukui's 6th.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears an unbuttoned lab coat, but no shirt. He does wear a shirt to sleep in though.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Guzma.

    Professor Kukui's Pokémon 

Braviary (Warrgle)

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Voiced in English by: Ryan Nicolls

Braviary is Professor Kukui's first known Pokémon. He was used to save Professor Burnet from a group of Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o.


  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Can use the Superpower attack.
  • Deus ex Machina: The fact that Professor Kukui had any Pokémon on hand was never brought up at all until Braviary made his debut. However, Braviary is part of his battle party in the games.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's revealed to know Rock Slide in SM089.
  • Flight: Naturally, as a Flying type.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Is based on a bald eagle, and is Professor Kukui's most trusted partner, being used to protect Professor Burnet and serving as his best 'mon at their wedding.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets quickly taken out by Gozu's Mega Aggron to establish it as a threat. During the battle with Ash it delivers this to Lycanroc.

Incineroar (Gaogaen)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Toru Sakurai
Voiced in English by: H.D. Quinn

Incineroar is Professor Kukui's second known Pokémon and his main battler as the Masked Royal.


  • Bare-Fisted Monk: It knows two Fighting-type moves, Bulk Up and Cross Chop, despite not being a Fighting-type itself.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is part Dark type and knows Throat Chop and Darkest Lariat.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Faba quickly figures out Kukui's identity as the Royal Mask after performing Malicious Moonsault.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Effortlessly takes down a Decidueye, Primarina, and Machamp in a Battle Royal. Ash, Kiawe, and Sophocles even get to fight him and end up getting beaten without much effort. Then later on, it's shown that it can take on a Mega Aggron with minimal effort.
  • Face: Despite being based on a Heel, it and its trainer refuse to use dirty tactics like their opponents, the Revengers, who are actual heels.
  • Friend to All Children: It's a real hit with kids, though it doesn't quite extend to babies.
  • Friendly Rival: Gains one against Ash's Litten. It and Masked Royal even reappear to offer them a rematch, helping Litten master Flame Charge and even evolve into Torracat. Torracat even later becomes Incineroar's tag team partner to even the odds against the dirty playing Revengers.
  • Godzilla Threshold: If Kukui has to summon Incineroar outside of his Masked Royal persona, that means it's an absolute emergency.
  • The Juggernaut: There is a reason why it managed to go on an undefeated win streak for so long. In the exhibition match against Ash, Incineroar manages to overshelm Torracat's strategy to absorb its Blast Burn, tank several hits from Lycanroc, and go toe to toe against Melmetal in a power contest, tanking through Flash Cannon with Darkest Lariat, stopping its powerful Double Iron Bash in its tracks and then swiftly defeating it with Blast Burn. It took the combined damage from 3 of Ash Pokémon before it finally went down after an intense battle against Ash's Torracat, and even then Incineroar managed to tire out Torracat enough that it immediately went down after evolving into Incineroar.
  • Limit Break: Can use its signature move, Malicious Moonsault. It uses it to KO a Decidueye, Primarina, and Machamp simultaneously in its debut episode.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Acts like The Brute in the ring, but is just as friendly as its trainer outside of it.
  • Mythology Gag: Kukui uses an Incineroar in the games if Rowlet is the chosen starter, and although he captured a wild Rowlet instead of receiving one from Kukui, Rowlet was Ash's first Alolan Pokémon.
  • Playing with Fire: Downplayed in its initial appearance where despite Fire being its primary type, it hasn't been shown using any Fire-type moves. However, back in the past when it was still a Litten, it knew Ember. Played straight in the Alola league, where it's revealed to have learned Blast Burn.
  • Spin Attack: How Darkest Lariat is portrayed.
  • Talking Animal: Downplayed, as Incineroar is still subject to Pokémon Speak, but is able to somewhat mimic the Masked Royal's "Enjoy!"
  • Wrestler in All of Us: It's based on a Heel, knows the move Darkest Lariat, and can use the Z-Move Malicious Moonsault. It's also as much of a boisterous performer as its trainer.

Lucario

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Lucario is Professor Kukui's third known Pokémon. It was first brought to deal with a Shiny Guzzlord on the loose.


  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Part Fighting-type.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Uses Dragon Pulse this way.
  • The Worf Effect: Is quickly taken out by a Guzzlord, forcing Kukui to recall it. It also doesn't get to defeat any of Ash's Pokémon, instead being taken down by Ash's Naganadel (though it at least puts up an even fight before going down).

Venusaur (Fushigibana)

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Venusaur is Professor Kukui's fourth known Pokémon. He was first used in Kukui's exhibition match against Ash.


Empoleon (Emperte)

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Empoleon is Professor Kukui's fifth known Pokémon.


    Samson Oak (Nariya Okido) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka (SM001-SM092), Kenyuu Horiuchi (SM093-Present)
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Daniel Abundis

A cousin of Professor Oak, Samson is the Principal of the Pokémon School. He specializes in researching the local variations of Kanto Pokémon that have developed in Alola.


  • Ascended Extra: He's a very minor character in the games, but as the principal of the school, he appears much more prominently here.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his kooky pun-riddled behavior, he's a force to be reckoned with in battle with his Komala and even made it to the top 16 of the Alola League.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has a habit of imitating Pokémon, much to the exasperation of those around him.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Despite the intense competition between Pikachu and Alolan Raichu during the Pancake Race, both are distracted by the arrival of Bewear and it is Samson and his Komala who take the win.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's almost always bizarre and pun-happy in nature, though Samson Oak occasionally reveals an intelligent approach to Pokemon akin to his cousin. He raised and trained his Komala into a powerhouse, and even comes up with an eccentric way to soothe Jigglypuff's vendetta with it.
  • Egg Sitting: He takes care of the Kanto Vulpix egg delivered by Ash while giving an Alolan Vulpix egg to the class.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He catches Team Rocket sneaking around in the bushes by the school, actually calls them suspicious, then cheerfully invites them to visit any time when they make up a lame excuse.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: His Pokémon puns almost inevitably produce this reaction. The only characters who don't cringe at his puns are Oluolu (who is a graduate of the school and makes the same puns), and Olivia (who finds them funny).
  • Lost in Translation: Due to Pokémon having different names in Japanese and English, not all of his puns translate well (or at all) in the dub. However, this doesn't make everyone's reaction to his puns any less appropriate.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: When Samuel Oak learns the Ketchums won a vacation to Alola, he tasked Ash with delivering a Pokémon egg to Samson. Ash got "distracted" by a Grubbin, but at least Delia was there to see to it that the delivery was made.
  • Mundane Utility: His Komala rings the school bell with its log pillow.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: Whenever he makes a pun, his face and body contort to resemble that Pokemon.
  • Pungeon Master: Even more so than his cousin in that he'll include Pokémon puns in a portion of his dialogue!
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He's a tanned, slightly older version of his cousin with longer hair. Ash actually mistakes Samson for his cousin in their first meeting, and RotomDex lampshades it when they meet.

    Samson's Pokémon 

Komala (Nekkoara)

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Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.

Komala is a Pokémon that hangs out in the trees around the school. It's responsible for ringing the school bell.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite always being asleep, it proves to be an effective battler, dodging every attack thrown at it and easily knocking down both Ash's Litten and Kiawe's Turtonator.
  • Darkhorse Victory: It managed to win Melemele Island's Pancake race despite doing so in its sleep and balancing a stack of pancakes while rolling.
  • Disability Immunity: Because it's always asleep, it's technically immune to Jigglypuff's song. The pink puff is extremely frustrated when it sleep-dodges its marker.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Komala appeared in the Japanese opening and ending and made several cameos ringing the school bell before being officially introduced in SM013.
  • Head Pet: When Samson initially found it without its log pillow in the wild, it opted to cling on to him until it found a log it liked.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Its species' main trait is that it's always asleep. How it manages to have perfect timing when ringing the school bell is merely handwaved when its origin story comes up, saying that eventually, it learned to do so after latching on the small log that Samson was using to ring the bell.
  • No-Sell: Its ability: Comatose renders it immune to all status effects due to constantly being asleep. This also renders it immune to Jigglypuff's singing.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Handily gets the better of Litten and Turtonator during sparring matches in its focus episode.
  • Shown Their Work: The leaves Kukui feeds it when it falls out of the bell tower look identical to eucalyptus leaves (which real koalas are known to eat). Kukui even points out that they're normally inedible to people and Pokemon.
  • Worthy Opponent: After it learns Sing to neutralize Jigglypuff and even uses its own marker against it when it falls asleep. Jigglypuff is left amused by this, finding a fellow singer at last, and departs happily.

Vulpix (Rokon)

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Voiced in English by: Suzy Myers

A Kanto Vulpix that hatched from an egg received by Samson from his cousin, Professor Oak.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: It hatches shortly after Snowy, and tries to get it to come down and meet the other Pokémon, much to Snowy's displeasure.
  • Cheerful Child: Within minutes of hatching, it's excited to meet and play with the other Pokémon.
  • Out of Focus: It hasn't really been seen much since it hatched.
  • Playing with Fire: This little one is a Fire-type. Kiawe notes that red Vulpix are rare in Alola.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Snowy; it has a cheerful and energetic personality while Snowy is aloof and reserved.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's adorable.

Other Important Characters

    Ilima 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yudai Chiba
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elliot Leguizamo

A graduate of the Pokémon School. He specializes in Normal-type Pokémon.


  • The Ace: He is looked up by many students, has fangirls, is so good at so many other things besides battles, and makes Ash looks much dumber in comparison. He even participated in the Kalos League (not the same one Ash competed in, however). It's also revealed in SM129, that In-Universe, he's considered the favorite to win the Alola League. He suffers The Worf Effect against Guzma and is eliminated in the first round.
    • He is also the first known character in the anime capable of performing both Mega Evolution and Z-Moves.
  • Adaptation Expansion: While he still has Smeargle, more attention is put on his Eevee, with his Eevium Z, which allows them to use Extreme Evoboost.
    • Because Trial Captains don't exist in the anime canon, more attention is paid to his battle prowess and his popularity, both of which were mentioned but more peripheral in the games.
  • Boring, but Practical: He admits that while a Normal-type like Eevee isn't exciting or flashy, just having that type means that it'll take standard damage from nearly every attack barring Fighting-type moves and immunity from Ghost-type moves.
  • Chick Magnet: So much so that it's the cause of Tupp (a Team Skull Grunt)'s grudge against him.
  • Expy: Invoked. His ace status, his legion of fangirls, and his Eevee indirectly make him a likable version of Gary.
  • Foil: Ilima has graduated from the Pokémon School and is currently training in Kalos, while Ash was the runner-up of the Kalos League and is currently studying at the Pokémon School.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His Eevee twists its hind ankle during the Alola League preliminaries, enough for Ilima not to use it in the next round.
  • Gossip Evolution: Was subject to this after rumors spiralled up into near-superhuman feats on paper. One of which was that he apparently jumped from the top of the big tree next to the school. He admits that this is technically true, it's just that everyone seemed to have forgotten that he did this via a diving board on the tree above the river.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He has a Key Stone to Mega Evolve his Kangaskhan.
  • Mellow Fellow: Ilima is near unflappably polite and soft-spoken, something that only further infuriates Tupp during their face-off. He even apologizes if he inconvenienced Tupp, driving him further mad.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's already a Bishōnen with tons of fangirls, but this version went the extra mile and gave him a Shirtless Scene while wearing a fairly tight swimsuit.
  • Mythology Gag: The Veteran trainer he receives the Eevium Z from is Kagetora, the trainer that gave it to the player in the games after a lengthy Eeveelution-centered side quest.
  • Nice Guy: So much that he actually apologized to Tupp while he in the middle of being harassed by him.
  • Non-Elemental: He specializes in Normal-types, owning an Eevee and a Smeargle. He discusses the reason for his preference is that he appreciates the type's simplicity and versatility.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Like Ash's Pikachu, Ilima's Eevee has no interest in evolving, and Ilima is fine with using other methods to make it powerful.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Eevee frequently takes this on Ilima's shoulder.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Ilima has no plans to evolve Eevee, and its Lightning Bruiser status, plus access to the species' signature Z-Move, means it far from needs to. It shares Turtonator's record of demolishing nine Team Skull Pokemon at once.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: This is a character that, when the games were introduced, was assumed by many players to be a girl. But even though he has pink hair, there isn't an ounce of camp on him. And he even has fangirls following him around.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Due to his reputation, there are quite a few rumors about him spread throughout the school, some true, others not so much.
  • Weapon of Choice: Eevee, and the Eevium Z, which enables it to use Extreme Evoboost.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his skills and having the ability to Mega Evolve his Kangaskhan, Ilima is defeated early into the Manalo Conference to establish Guzma as a threat.

    Acerola 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Sumire Morohoshi
Voiced in English by: Lauren Kammerling
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Erika Langarika

A girl who lives on Ula'Ula. She has a Shiny Mimikyu named Mimikins who is an actual ghost of a deceased Mimikyu.


  • Adaptation Expansion: Her first known Pokémon is a shiny Mimikyu, which was the Totem Pokémon of her Trial, but never featured in her actual teams.
    • The two toddlers she looked after at the Aether House both received unique designs and names (Pico and Nene), and her home was changed from the Aether House to a library, as a nod to her donation of books to the Malie City Library in the games.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: She comes as rather young, barely the same height as Lana, and often prone to playful behavior. She is capable of taking care of the library on her own, however, cooking and housing herself when not caring for other children.
  • Cat Smile: As with her games design. The anime plays it up further for a few mischievous moments, however.
  • Creepy Good: Par for the course with Ghost-type trainers, but played up even more with Mimikins. While she's an actual ghost and does freak people out sometimes, she's ultimately treated as just another Pokemon.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets captured by a lonely Gengar in her debut episode. She gets rescued by Team Rocket of all people.
  • Death Glare: A more playful case than usual, but Acerola tends to creep out Nanu with a rather eerie glare when trying to get him to do something she wants. She even calls "Glare" attack as she does it.
  • Demonic Possession: Rapooh's Cursed Body ability works like this, causing Kiawe's Marowak to drop its bone and barely react to the Gengar toying with it.
  • Dub Name Change: Her Mimikyu. Mimi-tan in Japanese, Mimikins in English. Its name is effectively the same in either case.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her Mimikyu has the monochrome disguise of a shiny Mimikyu in the games, though it doesn't seem to stay in a ball, so the sparkles that would ordinarily appear for a shiny when it's sent into battle never appear.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Up until the league, Acerola was never seen battling, even being a Damsel in Distress in her first appearance. During the second round however, she proves surprisingly crafty and fluent commanding Rapooh, managing to keep the upper hand on Kiawe's Marowak for a fair while.
  • Nice Girl: She becomes fast friends with Ash, letting him stay in her house and cooking for him while he's on Ula'ula Island, and convincing Nanu to give him a chance.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oblivious to their vendetta with Ash, she and Mimikins hand Team Rocket a Mimikium Z for saving them, making their Mimikyu even more of a threat to Pikachu.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: In addition to being shiny, Mimikins has a small patch on the lower edge of its cloth that has a normal Mimikyu coloring. It also wears a flower on its "ear".
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Her Mimikyu, Mimikins, is unusual in that it's not only a Ghost-type, but also an actual ghost of a deceased Mimikyu, so it is capable of floating and can pass through solid objects. It's also shown to be incapable of harming other Ghost-types with Shadow Claw. Even by the standards of Pokemon, it's pretty weird.
  • The Power of Friendship: Manages to befriend a mischievous Gengar who had kidnapped her. She later caught Greedy Rapooh offscreen and uses it in the Alola League against Kiawe.
  • Soul Power: Her specialty.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Mimikins has a bright-yellow patch on its cloth, much like how Acerola's dress also has a patchwork appearance. Mimikins also wears a four petal flower which matches Ula'ula islands official color and resembles Acerola's Trial Captain amulet.

    Mina (Matsurika) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Haruka Tomatsu
Voiced in English by: Samara Naeymi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diana Nolan


  • Eccentric Artist: She's a talented artist, but she seems to come off as a bit spacey. Nevertheless, she's the one who manages to figure out how the others can communicate with Ash's Poipole.
  • The Empath: From her own experience as an artist, she's able to tell what Poipole is feeling with its own paintings.
  • Fairy Companion: Her Ribombee.
  • Fragile Speedster: Ribombee easily flies circles around Sophocles's Vikavolt, but once Vikavolt manages to catch it in its pincers, a single attack is enough to knock it out.
  • Psychic Powers: Ribombee knows Psychic.

    Hau 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Jun Fukuyama
Voiced in English by: Neo Cihi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Héctor Ireta De Alba

  • Bait-and-Switch: He's declared the winner in his quarterfinal match against Ash in the Alola League... only for his own grandfather and chief referee, Hala, to overturn the decision because Ash's Rowlet didn't faint, it just fell asleep. The match then resumes and Ash wins.
  • Break the Cutie: After losing to Ash in the League.
  • Cry Cute: As a result of the above.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the games, he was a very prominent character challenging the main character. Here? Hau doesn't appear until after around 100 episodes and only gets one focus episode. After that, he disappears from the story until right before the league starts.
  • Friendly Rival: To Ash. His Dartrix/Decidueye is also one to Rowlet.
  • Graceful Loser: He does feel some disappointment, but takes Dartrix's loss in its rematch with Rowlet well.
  • Green Thumb: Dartrix/Decidueye.
  • Heroic Lineage: His grandfather is Hala, Kahuna of Melemele Island.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: His Decidueye, a part Ghost-type.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Despite being bigger, his Alolan Raichu can somewhat perch on Hau's shoulders like Ash's Pikachu just fine.
  • Psychic Powers: His Alolan Raichu is part Psychic-type.
  • Shock and Awe: His Alolan Raichu.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Dartrix/Decidueye may have an advantage in raw power over Rowlet due to being at a higher evolutionary stage, but Rowlet is the more experienced battler. Hau and Decidueye are rookies who've only just begun their island challenge and have only managed to defeat Hala before entering the league, while Rowlet has either won or helped Ash win against two of the four Kahunas, two Totem Pokemon, and Ryuki.

    Kahili 
Voiced in Japanese by: Chisa Yuki
Voiced in English by: Christina Anderson

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: She isn't the strong trainer she is in the games, and because there isn't an Elite Four for the Alola League, she is just another quirky character. Ironically, she gets eliminated in the preliminary round of said league.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Rather than the Sugar-and-Ice Personality of her game counterpart, Kahili is a Nice Girl, though she's still somewhat reserved because of her celebrity status.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She's an Elite Four member in the games. Here, she's eliminated in the preliminary round of the Alola League.
  • Beauty Mark: Underneath her left eye.
  • Berserk Button: Touckey does NOT like people bothering its trainer, though it calms down and has some fun itself after being around the other Pokemon.
  • BFG: Uses her own Toucannon as a bazooka when it uses Beak Blast.
  • Blow You Away: Her Toucannon partner, Touckey.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: She gets chased by the media when rumors pop up about her retirement.
  • Dub Name Change: Her Toucannon's nickname is changed from Katsuo to Touckey.

    Ryuki 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima

The Gym Leader of Malie City's Kantonian Gym. He specializes in Dragon-types.


Family Members

    Mimo (Hoshi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Ayano Shibuya
Voiced in English by: Rebecca Becker
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noriko

Kiawe's younger sister.


  • Big Brother Worship: No matter how annoying he can be, she still loves Kiawe and willingly went to the Alola League to cheer him on in his semifinals match. She bonds with Lillie after learning she has a similar relationship with Gladion (who helped her when she got lost).
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In addition to the Theme Naming mentioned below, 星 hoshi also means "star", and her bangs have a star-shaped pattern.
    • Mimo comes from Mimosoideae, a subfamily of trees that includes the kiawe tree.
  • Precocious Crush: After Gladion helped her out of a pinch in Aether Paradise, she develops a crush on him.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: She uses these on Kiawe to get him to wear an Alolan Dugtrio-style wig like with everyone else during the party in SM023.
  • Recurring Character: First appears in SM011 and makes a reappearance in SM023.
  • Theme Naming: Like the rest of her family, she's named after a type of persimmon.
  • Unwanted Assistance: She's annoyed by Kiawe trying to help her even when she clearly doesn't need it.

    Harper and Sarah (Hou and Sui) 
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Harper is on the right and Sarah is on the left.
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens (SM005-SM059), Martha Harms (SM082-present) (Harper), Kate Bristol (SM005-SM059), Emily Cramer (SM082-present) (Sarah)

Lana's younger twin sisters.


  • Blush Sticker: Each of them sport a pair.
  • Cheerful Child: Both of them are often very happy and easily excitable, as seen by their reaction to Pikachu. Even an explosion from Turtonator doesn't hamper their mood.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue eyes and blue hair, just like their big sister, Lana.
  • Genki Girl: Both of them act like typical young kids in that they're almost always full of energy.
  • Hair Decorations: Both of them wear gold headbands.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Harper's shirt is yellow and has a Shellder on it, while Sarah's is pink and has a Slowpoke.
  • Meaningful Name: Hou and Sui come from 放水 hōsui, water spray. "Harper" might come from the harp seal.
  • Recurring Character: They first appear in SM005, and make further appearances in SM023 and SM024.
  • Shipper on Deck: When they meet Ash, they immediately ask if he is Lana's boyfriend. When she vehemently denies it, they grin mischievously and ask in unison, "Really? Really? Really?" (Japanese) or "Are you sure he's not your boyfriend?" (English).

    Hobbes (James) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Shinya Fukumatsu
Voiced in English by: Ben Phillips
'Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: David Allende

Lillie's butler.


  • Ace Pilot: Utilises a high-speed jet plane in SM51 to help the kids reach Aether Paradise and save Nebby.
  • Battle Butler: In addition to being Lillie's butler, he's also a good battler, being able to beat Ash's Rowlet. Also serves as a training opponent for Lillie.
  • Cool Old Guy: Verges as a Parental Substitute for Lillie, and has the battle prowess to defeat Ash one-on-one.
  • Dance Battler: He and his dancing Pom-Pom Oricorio are as synchronized a trainer and Pokémon can get in battle choreography without the use of power-ups.
  • Dub Name Change: His Japanese name, James, being the English name of one of Team Rocket's members, was unsurprisingly changed to Hobbes in the English dub.
  • Large Ham: His battle style is very flamboyant, to say the least.
  • Papa Wolf: Cares passionately about Lillie, which he expresses quite emotionally. He later demonstrates this when he teams up with Ash to protect Lillie from a Salandit.
  • Parental Substitute: Due to Lillie's mother residing elsewhere due to her work, he is Lillie's primary guardian and caretaker, even attending the open school in SM024 alongside other students' parents.
  • Recurring Character: He first appears in SM008 and becomes a semi-regular afterward.
  • Shipper on Deck: Downplayed example; he's taken a liking to Ash and expresses gratitude to him for looking after and being kind to Lillie.

    Gladion (Glazio) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Voiced in English by: Eddy Lee
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Brandon Montor

Lillie's brother, who left home to train, but reunites with her and Ash six months later.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the games, the trainer could only equip/change Silvally's memory discs to change its type before a battle. Here? Gladion is allowed to do that at any time he wants. He can even change discs before an attack connects.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, his team was fairly weak, and he didn't have a Z-Ring until the last battle (in the main story). Here, he already has a Z-Ring and a Rockium Z, and he's able to take down three Team Skull grunts, a trainer's Blastoise, and Team Rocket with his Lycanroc. He's also the first trainer in Alola to have beaten Ash in an official battle, albeit 1-on-1.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's noticeably nicer here, particularly in his interactions with Ash. He's also not affiliated with Team Skull.
  • Adapted Out: Played with. In the games, his signature Pokémon is Type: Null, while here he leads with Umbreon and Midnight Lycanroc. He is shown with Type: Null in his second appearance but only releases it in a secluded area. Likely, he's had it since before his first appearance but is hiding its existence, given its rather shady origins.
  • Aloof Ally: He was one of Ash's friends as well as his rival.
  • Aloof Big Brother: As the two haven't seen each other in a long time, he acts like this to Lillie. The first thing he does upon meeting Lillie again is to comment on how she can touch Pokémon now and remind her to take good care of Snowy before abruptly leaving. It's later revealed that the reason he avoids Lillie is because he didn't want her to see Silvally at the time, knowing that doing so would trigger her repressed memories of her childhood trauma.
  • Always Someone Better: Played with. Prior to the Alola League Ash never managed to defeat Gladion (albeit all three of their matches were 1-on-1, with Ash using his Rockruff/Lycanroc all three times. But despite this, Gladion still respects Ash and views him as his equal. Finally averted in the Alola League finals, where Ash finally does defeat Gladion in battle.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of Lillie and is determined to make sure she never has another traumatic experience again. He lets Ash have it for letting Nebby out of his sight when it becomes unwittingly responsible for Lillie's traumatic relapse, and later Lusamine for not even treating Lillie right.
    • Shows up again during the Alola League when he helps Mimo find Kiawe and briefly has a vision of a young Lillie in her place.
  • Call-Back: Gladion isn't Ash's first rival with an Umbreon that often is outside of its Pokéball; Gary had one as well.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: He gives Lusamine a good tongue-lashing in SM049 for letting herself get so out of touch with her family and what Faba's been doing at the Foundation that she never even noticed what her own daughter went through as a child.
  • Character Tics: Covering part of his face with either his right or left hand.
  • Cheerful Child: He was much more playful and energetic in his youth.
  • Chuunibyou: Like his game counterpart, Gladion has traits of this. He wasn't like this when he was a little child, but after leaving home, he has developed some quirks. In battle, he often does poses that are characteristically known for chuunibyou and he tends to pump up his cooler actions with over-the-top dramatic lines. He also likes to describe his Pokémon in such a manner to make them sound more threatening.
  • Cool Big Bro: He's the kind of brother who's willing to protect his little sister from harm at all costs. He even willingly lets himself nearly get abducted by Nihilego in SM050 order to protect both Lillie and Lusamine.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Team Rocket kidnaps his Midnight Lycanroc, he has Umbreon fire Dark Pulse at the tires of their getaway vehicle.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Owns two dark-looking Pokémon and wears black clothes, but doesn't seem to be particularly evil and is more quiet and aloof than anything. His caring side is shown in a flashback when he took in an injured Eevee (now his Umbreon, which requires friendship to evolve) as a small child, and he respects Ash for giving him a good battle.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His younger self briefly appears in a family portrait in Lillie's mansion, 19 episodes prior to his debut.
  • Face of a Thug: While he's certainly nicer here, the anime also has a habit of giving him rather wicked facial expressions.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a result of the incident with Nihilego that traumatized Lilie, Gladion openly hates the Ultra Beasts and became a Pokémon trainer just so he could take them down. Although he has only been cautious around Nebby so far, he flat-out tells Ash that he will take Nebby down if it gets out of hand.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Despite his cold outward appearance, he proves to be one of Ash's more respectful rivals from the outset. In SM055, he leaves on a journey to get stronger, his reason for doing so having changed from protecting Lillie to wanting to keep up with Ash after seeing him and Pikachu use 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to save his own mother.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Along with Type: Null (which itself resembles a dog), he has three dog-like Pokémon, Umbreon, Midnight Lycanroc, and Zoroark.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In spite of not being particularly trusting of Faba, he seems genuinely dumbfounded when Lusamine details his very different story of what happened with Type: Null and Lillie, supposedly convinced all these years he would own up. May have been justified, as he could have also been convinced they were working together.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The anime doesn't hide that he's Lillie's brother and Lusamine's son, which were massive spoilers in the original game.
  • My Greatest Failure: In SM047, he reveals that he witnessed the incident that caused Lillie's fear of Pokemon, but was too afraid to help her. Since then, he vowed that he would never let his sister experience such horror ever again and became a Pokemon trainer so that he could protect her in the future.
  • Not So Above It All: During the Alola League finals, he lets out a good chuckle along with Ash, since he admits to be enjoying their battle greatly. This obviously doesn't go unnoticed by anyone.
  • Not So Different:
    • While they channel it differently, the melodramatic traits Gladion developed is likely something he inherited from his eccentric mother.
    • As pointed by Lillie and Nanu in different moments, Gladion and Ash can have similar approaches about battles.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In the Japanese version, he is added to the opening in the second version of "Alola!!"
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the Ultra Guardians in SM087 to help with the Necrozma mission. True to the Sentai nature of the Guardians, his uniform is different in style compared to the team, as is the case for most Sixth Rangers to distinguish them from the core team
  • Weapon of Choice: Midnight Lycanroc was his most prominent battler early on. After Type-Null takes the form of Silvally however, it takes over Gladion's primary battler.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views Ash as one. When they come face-to-face in the Alola League's preliminary Battle Royal, Gladion says "not yet", and they each KO the Pokémon coming up behind each other.
    • And after Ash finally defeats him in the Leagues final, Gladion smiles with satisfaction and shake hands with Ash, even calling him Champion!

    Gladion's Pokémon 

Umbreon (Blacky)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Suzy Myers (Eevee), Lori Phillips (Umbreon)

Gladion found a sick Eevee when he was younger, which Hobbes nursed back to health. It eventually evolved into an Umbreon.


  • Big Fancy House: It is kept in a Heal Ball, which is fitting considering how Gladion met it.
  • Canine Companion: Umbreon is always seen out of a Poké Ball and walking with Gladion, much like Pikachu with Ash.
  • Casting a Shadow: It's a Dark-type and knows the Dark-Type move, Dark Pulse.
  • Noodle Incident: A flashback in SM028 shows Gladion holding a fainted Eevee. There's no reason not to believe this is what eventually evolved into Umbreon, but we don't know for sure, or what happened.
  • Out of Focus: Despite it being Gladion's starter and basically his equivalent to Ash's Pikachu, he seldom uses it in battle. He only uses it once in the Alola League against Lillie, instead using his father's Zoroark in the finals against Ash.
  • Soul Power: It knows Shadow Ball, a Ghost-Type move.

Midnight Lycanroc (Midnight Lugarugan)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.

Gladion's main battling Pokémon, as he has the Rockium Z.


  • Attack Reflector: Subverted. It knows Counter, but rather than reflecting physical attacks with it, Lycanroc dodges it and then delivers a counterattack at the same moment.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Almost literally in SM037, with Midnight Lycanroc briefly breaking off from its trainer to find Ash's Rockruff when it sensed the younger Pokémon might be in peril. When Midnight Lycanroc finally found its quarry, it almost butted heads with Olivia's Midday Lycanroc (who also had been looking for Rockruff), with them both assuming the other had ill intentions. They both wind up protecting Rockruff when Tapu Lele attacks.
  • Big Brother Worship: Ash's Rockruff takes a liking to Midnight Lycanroc rather quickly.
  • Big Fancy House: Midnight Lycanroc is kept in an Ultra Ball.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: It is a Rock-type Pokémon, it knows the Rock-type move Stone Edge
  • Limit Break: It can use the Rock-type Z-Move, Continental Crush and later the Dragon Z-Move Devastating Drake.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As expected of its Midnight Form and said by Gladion when he sends it out.
    Gladion: "Lycanroc, show your crimson glare! Let's go!"

Silvally (Silvady) -> Type: Null/"Silvally" ("Silvady") -> Silvally (Silvady)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Toru Sakurai
Voiced in English by: Abe Goldfarb

Gladion's third Pokémon, kept in a Premier Ball and not used for battling in the open.


  • Adaptational Badass: The big reason why fighting Silvally is hard is because Gladion is allowed to change memory discs to change its typing at any time he wants, whereas in the games one could only change discs before a battle. He can even change discs before an attack connects.
  • Blow You Away: It knows the Flying-type move Air Slash, which it uses to save Ash and his Pokémon from a group of a Pinsir.
  • Big Fancy House: It is kept in a Premier Ball instead of a regular Poké Ball.
  • Big Damn Heroes: It saves Lillie twice—first from Nihilego as a little girl, and again from Faba and his Pokémon.
  • Canis Major: Though it's a chimera, it primarily resembles a canine and it's large enough for both Lillie and Gladion to ride on its back.
  • Confusion Fu: It has the RKS System once it breaks its helmet, allowing it to use Memory Discs which can change its own type and that of Multi-Attack. In SM049, Gladion uses the Dark Memory to defeat Faba's Alakazam and Hypno, and two episodes later the Fairy Memory to defeat Totem Kommo-o.
  • Cool Helmet: Subverted. The helmet it is wearing is actually painful and makes it feel very uncomfortable, with Gladion attempting several times to remove it. It's meant to restrict its power, and as the game's Dex indicates, it's very heavy. Silvally was created first and then it got the helmet put onto its head, which made it Type: Null.
  • Face of a Thug: Its intimidating appearance traumatized Lillie when it lunged towards her as a child, only finding out much later on that Silvally was merely saving her from Nihilego. It would do the same in the future, even accepting a loving embrace from Lillie now she knew the truth.
  • Gentle Giant: It's big enough for both Lillie and Gladion to ride on its back, and it accepts a hug from Lillie after she learns that it had saved her twice.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It has powerful attacks, tanks several hits from Ash's Melmetal, and is quick enough to keep up with Ash's Pikachu even when the latter uses Quick Attack.
  • Limit Break: In SM089, Gladion is revealed to have obtained a Normalium Z, enabling Silvally to use Breakneck Blitz.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: It's a chimerical Pokemon with avian talons, mammalian hind legs, and an aquatic tail. After breaking its helmet in SM049, it reveals more avian characteristics, such as an eagle's head, giving it the appearance of a gryphon.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Zig-zagged. In the games, Silvally is Type: Null's evolved form as named by Gladion. In the anime, Gladion calls it Silvally while it's still technically a Type: Null. However, the anime makes it even more clear that Type: Null is just Silvally wearing a power-restricting helmet, making it not a proper de-evolution.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: With the RKS System, Gladion can give Silvally the various Memory discs so its Multi-Attack becomes the type of the Memory given to it. It used Dark Memory against Faba's Alakazam and Hypno, and Fairy Memory against the Dragon Trial site's Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o.
  • Non-Elemental: It is a Normal-type Pokémon, and it knows the Normal-type moves, Crush Claw, Double Hit and Swords Dance.
  • Nice Guy: If its willingness to rescue Lillie is any indication. It also forgives her for wrongfully assuming it was trying to attack her the first time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It accidentally terrified Lillie when she saw it lunging to save her from Nihilego, causing her Trauma-Induced Amnesia and leaving her with a phobia of Pokemon.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Although it was responsible for rescuing Lillie from a Nihilego when she was a little girl, it inadvertently terrified Lillie when it lunged towards her, so much so that she repressed her memory and developed a fear of Pokémon that would persist for years. Faba used Silvally as a scapegoat to cover up his involvement and kept it detained for years.
  • Not So Stoic: Has a completely shocked reaction to seeing Zoroark transform into it in SM127. Also makes a happy expression with Lillie after they defeat Totem Kommo-O's pack.
  • One of the Kids: It is sometimes shown hanging around with Gladion's other Pokemon, such as celebrating with them after Lycanroc wins its match against Ash's on Poni Island.
  • Pokémon Speak: A very interesting example here. It first appears to simply make animal cries, but it actually says syllables from the name "Silvady" ("Shirubadi") even as Type: Null. Which makes sense, since Type: Null is not really a true evolution stage, but just a Silvally with a restraining helmet.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In the Japanese version, it is added to the opening in the second version of "Alola!!"
  • Razor Wind: As mentioned above, it knows Air Slash, which allows it throw razor wind at the opponent.
  • The Scapegoat: After Silvally saved Lillie from Nihilego and left her traumatized, Faba convinced Lusamine that it had become unruly to cover up his botched experiment with Ultra Space communication.
  • Status Buff: It knows Swords Dance, which increases its physical attack power.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: It stopped Nihilego from kidnapping Lillie rather easily in their first confrontation. When it returns, Nihilego returns the favor and knocks it down with one hit. Its primary strength and reliance on its Memory Drives also vary from battle to battle.
  • Tortured Monster: When Gladion releases it from its Premier Ball, it stomps on the ground and swings its head around in a vain attempt to remove its helmet. It's not said explicitly, but its body language indicates it's in pain. It manages to break the helmet and "evolve" in SM049.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: The feathers on its neck resemble Gladion's hairstyle.
  • The Worf Effect: While it does manage to defeat Ash's newly evolved Melmetal, it only does so after Gladion gives it a Fighting Memory and takes enough damage for Pikachu to be able to one-shot it without taking any damage itself.

Zoroark

A Pokemon that once belonged to Gladion and Lillie's father Mohn. After being found, it joins Gladion in his quest to find its old trainer.


  • Animorphism: Its Ability of Illusion allows it to disguise itself as other Pokemon until it is hit. Hilarity Ensues in the post-credits scene of SM127 when it transforms into Silvally. It also transforms into Lycanroc during Gladion's battle against Ash in the Alola League, before the illusion is dispelled when Pikachu lands a Thunderbolt.
  • Big Fancy House: Gladion keeps it in a Dusk Ball.
  • Casting a Shadow: A Dark type.
  • Double Knockout: Its battle with Pikachu ends when Pikachu lands a Breakneck Blitz just as Never-Ending Nightmare hits it.
  • Soul Power: Knows Shadow Claw and can use the Ghost type Z-Move, Never-Ending Nightmare.

    Molayne (Mullein) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kosuke Kuwano
Voiced in English by: Barrett Leddy

Sophocles's cousin and the head of the Hokulani Observatory.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Sophocles calls him "Big Mo".
  • Distressed Dude: For a short time in SM092.
  • Secret Keeper: One of the few who knows about Kukui's double life as the Masked Royal, and would have taken his place at a meet and greet had Faba and James not tied him up backstage.

Pokémon

Other Recurring Wild Pokémon

    Bewear (Kiteruguma) 
To see tropes regarding it, see Pokémon Anime - Team Rocket Others.

    The Toucannon Flock 
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Rowlet's foster family of Pikipek-line Pokémon. The flock appears as a Toucannon being the parent, a Trumbeak as the older sibling, and a group of Pikipek as the younger siblings. Even after being caught by Ash, Rowlet still visits his family from time to time.


  • Big Brother Instinct: The Trumbeak takes on the big-brother role of the flock. Occasionally, Trumbeak will be seen looking after Rowlet as an older sibling would.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Toucannon took in Rowlet to be part of its Pikipek family.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Toucannon and Trumbeak appear to be the parents of dozens of Pikipek.
  • Mentor Archetype: During one of Rowlet's visits back to his family, Toucannon and Trumbeak teach it how to use Seed Bomb. After coming to Manalo Stadium upon Rowlet's request, they also teach it Feather Dance.
  • Papa Wolf: The Toucannon serves as the parental figure of its flock and Rowlet. One moment even shows the Toucannon taking care of a group of Pikipek eggs before they hatch.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did Rowlet's egg end up in a nest of Pikipek?
  • Sibling Team: Rowlet is shown to get along with Trumbeak and the Pikipek siblings.

    Stoutland (Mooland) 
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Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

An old Pokémon prowling Hau'oli City who looked after the orphaned Litten that was eventually caught by Ash. Stoutland is a vagrant and outcast with no trainer or permanent home.


  • Adult Fear:
    • The circumstances behind this one raises a few questions: is it an abandoned Pokémon, a runaway, or did Stoutland outlive its owners?
    • Stoutland must have known that its time will come up "soon", and it must have crossed its mind what will happen to its charge when that happens. Fortunately, Stoutland finds a good trainer in Ash, who Stoutland is sure will take care of Litten once Stoutland is gone.
  • Back from the Dead: It returns in SM108, albeit as a spirit, having a brief reunion with Torracat and teaching it Fire Blast.
  • Cool Old Guy: Wise, easy going mentor and Parental Substitute to Litten. Considering Kiawe's Ride Charizard, also an established Cool Old Guy, seems far healthier than Stoutland, you have to wonder just how old Stoutland was.
  • A Death in the Limelight: It reappears in SM021, trying to teach Litten Fire Fang. It's stricken with an Incurable Cough of Death throughout the episode and is constantly compared to a tree losing its leaves, and is taken to a Pokémon Center by Ash after Litten drags him toward their home after Stoutland collapses. Despite being discharged the next day, Stoutland fails to recover and leaves Litten to pass away on its own.
  • Face of a Thug: Ash's Rowlet and Lana's Popplio, at least, were intimidated by Stoutland's massive figure before Stoutland demonstrates itself to be a Big, Friendly Dog.
  • Foreshadowing: Litten had a nightmare about Stoutland dying in SM007. Guess what happens in SM021?
  • Interspecies Adoption: Stoutland took Litten in and raised it as if the cat was its own child. Kukui even notes the oddity of one Pokémon raising another of a different type.
  • Killed Off for Real: It dies in SM021, after leaving Litten offscreen. This notably makes it the first Pokémon to die of old age in the anime (all previous Pokémon deaths were due to Heroic Sacrifice).
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Stoutland dies in SM021, having woken up and left Litten offscreen while it was sleeping to pass away on its own.
  • Morality Chain: The usually aloof Litten cares deeply about Stoutland, so if the latter wants it to do something kind, it will soon obey.
  • Never Found the Body: It wakes up while Litten is sleeping next to it and leaves for elsewhere to die without Litten's presence. SM108 confirms its death when it appears in front of Torracat as a spirit.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: It looks a lot more ragged and unkempt than previously seen Stoutland due to its age.
  • Old Master: Occasionally shown teaching Litten to master attacks.
  • Playing with Fire: It knows Fire Fang and has been shown teaching Litten how to pull it off. Unfortunately, it dies before Litten can master the move.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seemed a lot more appreciative of Ash's charity than Litten, even scolding the latter for its hostility towards him. This approval likely played into Litten accepting Ash as its new master after Stoutland's death.
  • Retired Badass: What little we see of Stoutland in action suggests it was quite a tough nut in its earlier years. It helped tutor several of Litten's attacks.
  • Rule of Symbolism: It's never explicitly stated that Stoutland died (as Nurse Joy giving Ash the news is muted), but it's heavily implied through symbolism such as rain, leaves falling off of a nearby tree, its couch breaking, and Litten seeing Stoutland's face in the clouds.
  • Sky Face: Once the rain clouds disappear and Litten comes to term with Stoutland's death, clouds in the image of Stoutland appears alongside a rainbow.
  • Spirit Advisor: It returns as a ghost in SM108 to tutor Torracat one final move, Fire Blast.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: Whenever Stoutland meets someone, it introduces itself with this.

    Oranguru (Yareyuutan) 

A lone Pokémon living in the forests of Melemele Island. Highly intelligent and acts as the owner of a juice bar in the wilds.


  • The Bartender: Finds or lets troubled people and Pokémon come to it and listens to their woes while serving them berry juice.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Partial subversion. While as a wild Pokémon we know his name is "Oranguru" as much as any other member of his species, customers to his bar tend to call him "Master" in the original Japanese.
  • Intellectual Animal: Oranguru are just as smart as humans, often even smarter. He's one of the only Pokémon we see not prone to acting in a childish/animalistic way.
  • Old Master: To Mallow's father, of all people. Taught him how to make delicious berry juice for his cafe. In exchange, Mallow's dad helped him build a bar in the middle of the jungle.
  • Verbal Tic/Catchphrase: In Japanese. Like most Pokémon, says parts of his name over and over. Unlike most Pokémon, "Yare yare" is a Japanese expression of exasperation, and makes him come off as very tired/sympathetic as he deals with other peoples' problems.

    Naganadel (Agoyon) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Yoshino Ohtori
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

The leader of a hive of Poipole in Ultra Space. Ash's Poipole belonged to this hive before fleeing their home dimension.


  • Mr. Exposition: Delivers exposition about Necrozma (such as revealing its true name) to the Ultra Guardians.
  • Telepathy: It's able to communicate with humans in this fashion.
  • You Can Talk?: Ash and friends are surprised when it first speaks to them.

    Necrozma 
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A mysterious Pokémon that was stealing Alola's Ultra Aura.


  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games, it was only described as being similar to an Ultra Beast. Here, it's actually believed to be an Ultra Beast and is even given the codename of "UB Black".
  • Adaptational Heroism: Here, it's a benevolent Pokémon stated to have "created" the Alola region by giving it light, and lost its "Ultra" form protecting a group of Poipole and Naganadel from a meteorite. It also wasn't antagonistic towards Alola in the past, spending most of its injured state hibernating and only becoming hostile when Nebby and Lunala unwittingly awakened it (and, as a result, it was remembered in Alola as the benevolent Blinding One instead of the demonic Pillager of Light like in the games).
  • Emotion Eater: Not directly, but draining Alola's Ultra Aura also caused all of the adults in Alola to lose their motivation and become tired. Children and Pokémon are unaffected. Once it possesses Solgaleo, it stops absorbing Ultra Aura, and the adults return to normal.
  • Fisher King: Its light seems to be directly tied to that of Poipole's world. When it lost its Ultra form protecting the planet from a meteorite, Poipole's world also fell into darkness, becoming cold and barren. When its light is restored, the world becomes bright and verdant once more.
  • Grand Theft Me: Possesses Lunala, but quickly gets defeated by Solgaleo (Nebby)...only for it to then possess Solgaleo and run off into an Ultra Wormhole.
  • Lighter and Softer: Changed from a Tragic Monster that makes a Heel–Face Turn with a Bittersweet Ending where it can only temporarily return to its true form and will always be in a great deal of pain in the games to a more straightforward and happier ending where Necrozma gets to permanently return to its Ultra Necrozma form.
  • No Name Given: The cast were unaware of its true name until Naganadel told them.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: Ignores both the Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon backstories for Necrozma in favor of a Lighter and Softer take on some of the same ideas.

    The Meltan Horde 
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A group of Meltan that made their way to the Alolan islands only to start wrecking havoc by eating any piece of metal they come across. One of these Meltan is eventually caught by Ash, and some become helpers to the Ultra Guardians after being tamed by Lusamine's Clefable.


  • Big Eater: They cause havoc anywhere they go by eating any metal in sight. Lusamine's Clefable is able to tame them by feeding them small pieces of metal as treats.
  • Foreshadowing: Every time they show up again, they've multiplied. Those that play Pokémon GO know that you need to catch a LOT of Meltan to evolve it.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Their primary means of combat is to spam Flash Cannon at everything.
  • Fusion Dance: The day before Ash's battle with Gladion, they arrive to merge with Ash's Meltan to evolve into Melmetal.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: In a way, they act like a locust swarm that goes after and eats any metal they come across. They stop doing this after Clefable tames them.
  • Recurring Extra: They start off with brief appearances to show off their arrival to the Alolan islands before the main cast comes across them in episode 111 of Sun and Moon. After being tamed by Clefable, they become the Ultra Guardian's helpers until merging with Ash's Meltan to evolve.
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