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Characters and their Pokémon that debuted during Pokémon: The Original Series, also titled Pocket Monsters in Japan.

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Supporting Cast


    Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido) 
See here for more about Professor Oak.

    Delia Ketchum (Hanako) 
See here for more about Delia and her Mr. Mime, whom she refers to by the Affectionate Nickname "Mimey".

    Melanie (Midori)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyōdō
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano

A caretaker of wild Pokémon who lives in a Hidden Village in the forest between Cerulean and Vermillion City. She is also the former caretaker of Ash's Bulbasaur.

    Bill (Masaki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masaya Onosaka
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

A Pokémon researcher who is said to be more knowledgable of Pokémon than even Professor Oak himself. He resides in his lighthouse to discover and identify a mysterious giant Pokémon roaming by the coastline.

  • Adaptational Job Change: In the games, Bill is the PC guy, being responsible for technology such as the Pokémon Storage System and Time Capsule. None of this is mentioned in the anime, and Bill is instead depicted as a fellow Pokémon researcher just like Professor Oak.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: In Pokémon Red and Blue, the player first encounters Bill as a human-Pokémon hybrid due to a Teleporter Accident, and he needs you to use the teleporting system to unfuse him and his Pokémon. In the anime, Bill is simply stuck in a realistic Kabuto costume and simply needs a push of a button (which he can't reach) to set himself free.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the games, Bill is a rather notable character as he is the man responsible for creating the Pokémon Storage System that the player needs to store more Pokémon beyond the party of six. He even gets an expanded look into his life in Pokémon Gold and Silver which reveals he is from Goldenrod City. In the anime, he only appears once due to the fact his role as the manager of the Pokémon Storage System is given to Professor Oak himself.
  • I Am Very British: In the dub, he speaks in a Posh accent and his outfit reflects an upperclass socialite.
  • Mr. Exposition: Taking up Professor Oak's request, Bill gives Ash and friends a crash course about Pokémon and how there exists more Pokémon species than just the 150 known so far.
  • One-Shot Character: Despite being a prominent character from the games, Bill appears only once in the whole series.

    The Magikarp Salesman
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Original series to Ruby & Sapphire), David Lapkin (Diamond & Pearl), Tom Wayland (Black & White)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Enrique Bonilla (EP015), Carlos Íñigo (EP146), Hugo Navarrete (EP201), Luis Alfonso Padilla (EP261), Alejandro Mayén (AG079). César Arias (AG084, HS04), Enrique Cervantes (BW116)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Manuel Bellido (first appearance), José Escobosa (Episodes 146-261), Eduardo del Hoyo (AG Series-DP Series, Pokemon Chronicles), César Martín (BW Series)

A salesman who sells Magikarp and other useless Pokémon in an attempt to scam his customers, usually Team Rocket.

  • The Barnum: He shamelessly cons Team Rocket out of their money several times, sometimes with the exact same scam, knowing that they'll fall for his ploy even when they should know better. And when he's not conning Team Rocket, he's out looking for new customers to cheat their money out of. And like P.T. Barnum, he's not above disguising common Pokémon as rare and valuable Pokémon as seen with his schemes in Hoenn.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though he made sporadic appearances, the Magikarp Salesman was a prominent character in Team Rocket focused episodes, often serving as the antagonist who swindles money out of them before leaving. After Diamond and Pearl, however, the Magikarp Salesman got demoted as a background character who never again interacted with Team Rocket.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He managed to convince Team Rocket to trade their Victreebel for a Weepinbel (Victreebel's pre-evolved form). He quickly regrets it when Victreebel shows its usual affection...
  • Honest John's Dealership: All of his products are worthless, yet he keeps scamming people (usually Team Rocket) out of their money.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Subverted. He tries to pass himself as a completely different individual with an extended family of identical relatives, but his reaction to James' angry recognition makes it clear it's the same salesman from the St. Anne.
  • Karma Houdini: He almost always gets away with his schemes, with his biggest loss being Ash’s group and Team Rocket exposing his Feebas scam. But even then, he manages slip their grasp and later reappears in future episodes, conning Team Rocket again out of their money. By the time of Journeys, the Magikarp Salesman's business is still thriving as a market stand in the background.
  • Never Needs Sharpening: In the episode "Ya See We Want An Evolution!", he claims to have obtained an evolution-inducing machine prototype kit from a company that went bankrupt not too long ago. He sells it to Team Rocket on the promise that they can evolve any Pokémon they want, but then warns them to wait for a week after they built the machine. It's all but implied that the reason why the alleged company went bankrupt is because the machine didn't work in the first place.
  • No Name Given: He is technically an unnamed salesman, with no official name in the anime or even the games. Fans call him the Magikarp Salesman to distinguish him from other salesman con-artists encountered in the series.
  • Payment Plan Pitch: He first swindles James with this pitch. He normally charges $100 for just Magikarp, but entices James to pay $300 for the egg-laying set, child care set, and education set bundle. This pisses off Jessie and Meowth because it means that James, who didn't have enough cash on his own, took their hard-earned money to pay for such a ludicrous price.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Oh, he's right about Magikarp being a valuable Pokémon, but not for the reasons he pitched. Magikarp's true value is that it can evolve into Gyarados, one of the most powerful and dangerous Pokémon in the world. And James realizes this too late.
  • Signature Mon: All his Pokémon he offers to sell are worthless or frauds, but he is most infamous with Magikarp scams, hence why he's only known as the Magikarp Salesman.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is a fairly minor character, though has cost Team Rocket two of their Pokémon. He took James' Victreebel in a trade, and accidentally caused the chain of events that got Jessie's Lickitung switched with a certain Wobbuffet.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: None of his products are legit, usually disguising Magikarp as rare Pokémon or claiming that Magikarp is actually super strong. He even once gave a faulty mecha to Team Rocket, claiming it was an evolution machine.
  • Stupid Crooks: He once made the mistake of trying his Golden Magikarp scam at Professor Oak's lab, without bothering to check who lived there first. He has also tried to play the exact same Magikarp scam on James as the first time they met, lines and all, causing James to remember and turn on him.

    Suzie (Yuki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English by: Leah Applebaum (first appearance), Megan Hollingshead (second appearance)

A famed Pokémon Breeder who values on bringing out a Pokémon's inner beauty and health without the need of ridiculous fashion. She is also the original owner of Brock's Vulpix, which is why Brock later returns Vulpix back to her on their reunion in Johto.

  • The Bus Came Back: After appearing as a One-Shot Character in Kanto, Suzie later returns in the Johto episode "Beauty and the Breeder", partaking in a Pokémon Beauty Contest and reuniting with Vulpix.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in two episodes, but she is the real owner of Brock's Vulpix. As such, after spending a lengthy time as Brock's prominent cute Pokémon companion, Vulpix is returned back to Suzie.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: This is her philosophy, which is why she feels other Pokémon beauty salons miss the point of Pokémon looks. She would later mellow out in her second appearance, accepting that outer beauty is important as well if it's done to compliment the inner beauty of Pokémon.

Voiced in Japanese by: Emi Shinohara
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Ishtar Sáenz (first appearance), Cynthia Alfonzo (second appearance)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Licia Alonso

Aya is a ninja and a Trainer who specializes in Poison-type Pokémon. She's the younger sister of Koga, the Fuchsia Gym Leader.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: She has a Venonat.
  • The Bus Came Back: She reappeared in EP176, studying at the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy near Ecruteak City.
  • Canon Foreigner: She is an anime-exclusive character as Koga isn't known to have a younger sister in the games. However, Koga does have a daughter named Janine in games, whom shares many similar traits to Aya, namely being raised by Koga as a ninja warrior.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: In her first appearance, she wears a bright pink outfit. Lampshaded by Misty, who points out that such a getup is far from stealthy. She also wears mostly red in her second appearance.
  • Signature Mon: Venonat is her Pokémon partner, appearing with her in both of her two episodes.

Voiced in Japanese by: Taimei Suzuki

The no-nonsense Safari Zone warden. 30 years ago, the Safari Zone was nearly destroyed by careless trainers who heard rumors of a rare Dratini living in the area. To protect the Safari Zone and Dratini from further harm, Kaiser establishes new rules in the Safari Zone, namely that trainers are limited to only 30 Safari Balls and are forbidden to speak about Dratini. And he'll enforce those rules with his revolver.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the games, Safari Zone Warden is a kind old man who accidentally lost his false set of teeth in the Safari Zone, prompting the player to venture inside to find it for him. Once you find it for him, he'll give the HM move Strength as your reward. And if you find his secret house in the Safari Zone as part of a promotion, he'll give you HM Surf too. This is a far cry from Kaiser, who despises newcomers and threatens to kill anyone who even thinks of finding secrets in the Safari Zone.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Technically, the Safari Zone Warden in the Gen I games had no official name, so the anime gave him the name Kaiser. It became an Adaptational Name Change when the games went with Baoba as the Warden's official name.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based on Clint Eastwood. Additionally, his cowboy style outfit is a nod to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and his revolver, which he has named Thunderbolt, refers to Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
  • Secret-Keeper: His primary concern is keeping a Dratini he rescued about 30 years prior safe from trainers trying to capture it. When he meets said Dratini again, he finds out it has evolved into a Dragonair in the meantime and has a Dratini child of its own.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in one episode (and a banned episode to boot), but the Safari Balls he provided to Ash is the reason why Ash has 30 Tauros all of a sudden for international viewers.
  • Trigger-Happy: He's very quick to threaten the protagonist trio with his guns for things like off-key singing or asking about an old photo showing a Dratini.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He'll do anything to keep Dratini safe, including using his revolver on Safari Zone visitors even if they are children.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kaiser is not above threatening to shoot ten-year-old kids with his gun.

    Duplica (Imite)
Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano
Voiced in European Spanish by: Sandra Jara (EP 037), Cristina Yuste (EP 174)

A girl who manages her own theater, putting on performances for any travelers who happen to stop by.

  • Ascended Extra: Kind of. While she only made two anime appearances, she showed up in the game Pokémon Zany Cards and the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: At least as far as the Pokémon art style goes, she has more more prominent eyebrows than the females of the show usually do.
  • The Bus Came Back: Duplica was upgraded from One-Shot Character to Recurring Character in EP174, where she got a second appearance during the gang's journeys in Johto for another episode featuring Ditto.
  • Canon Immigrant: Downplayed with her Ditto. While the episode indicates Ditto's inability to properly disguise its face is a flaw in its transformation ability, the franchise has since adopted the untransformed face as the signature indicator of all transformed Ditto.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: She can swap costumes at the drop of a hat.
  • Costume Copycat: She has a gigantic room filled with clothes that add to her impressions.
  • Ditto Fighter: She owns two Ditto. One is a regular one, the other is a tiny one named Mini-Dit that can transform into a tiny version of any Pokémon.
  • Expy: Duplica is for all intents and purposes a Retool of Copycat from Pokémon Red and Blue. In turn, Duplica may have influenced Copycat, who is a generic NPC in the games but is often depicted with green pigtails.
  • Meaningful Name: "Imite" comes from "imitate," and "Duplica" comes from "duplicate".
  • Minor Living Alone: Her parents are never seen and she seems to run the theatre where she lives all by herself.
  • Morphic Resonance: A problem with her first Ditto was that it couldn't Transform into Pokémon properly due to still having the same Ditto face when it transformed (which ironically Jessie fixed by threatening it). Another Ditto could render a perfect transformation...except for its size, which she demonstrated by having it transform into a tiny Onix.
  • Signature Mon: Ditto, of course. More specifically, the Ditto who initially cannot change its default face, which ironically became the defining trait of Ditto in other media, even though Duplicate herself states it's only this Ditto that has this issue. The other Ditto she has, Mini-Dit, is not as iconic even though it has the unique quirk of perfect transformation minus size.
  • Voice Changeling: She's able to perfectly imitate the voices of others.

    James's Parents
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyoyuki Yanada and Mako Hyōdō
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein and Megan Hollingshead (4Kids), Marc Thompson and Eileen Stevens (TCPi)

The very wealthy parents of James. One may wonder why James would abandon a life of riches in favor for a failing criminal career, but it doesn't take long to see that he has a very good reason for that.

    Jessebelle (Rumika)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez (Original Series), Diana Pérez (Diamond & Pearl episode 2), Rebeca Gómez (Diamond & Pearl episode 153)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Amparo Valencia
Voiced in European French by: Catherine Conet

James' somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To James. He initially found her quite attractive, but she became this when he realized how rigid, abusive and psychotic she was. She and James' parents still expects that she'll marry him, but he'd rather be with Jessie.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Her goal is to marry James by any means necessary.
  • The Baroness: Jessebelle is well-trained in the use of a whip, and she uses it in conjunction with her Vileplume's Stun Spore to simultaneously paralyze targets and whip them into submission.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Her latest appearance was DP153, which is 571 episodes between her first appearance in the anime and this one (not counting DP 002 of course).
  • Creepy Child: Even in her youth, she tried to control James. It's heavily implied that she already began abusing and manipulating James as a child. His remark after she tried to hit him with a whip and paralyze him is "This is just like last time!".
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Jessebelle is shown as shockingly violent towards James, paralyzing him with her Vileplume and beating him with a whip. James is not happy about it, but mostly complains about how controlling she is, and his parents seems to think it's great. There is a lot of slapstick comedy in Pokemon in general, but they certainly have never portrayed James smacking a woman around like Jessebelle is shown smacking him around. On the other hand, everyone except James' parents and their butler think Jessebelle is horrible.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Played down for the young audience, but after luring James and company down to the family's torture dungeon, Jessebelle appears in the foxhunting costume of Real Life English nobility, plus a whip and thigh-high boots.
  • Evil Counterpart: While Jessie isn't a hero, Jessebelle is certainly a more evil version of her. She's Jessie without any standards or redeeming qualities.
  • Evil Redhead: She is an arrogant, abusive psycho with red hair who enjoys tormenting her poor fiance.
  • Fiery Redhead: Much like Jessie, she's loud and temperamental.
  • Gold Digger: Possibly the reason she wants to marry James is for his family's money. Zigzagged since she herself is very wealthy and has access to an army of servants.
  • Green Thumb: Owns a Vileplume, her only known Pokémon, which knows Stun Spore and Solar Beam to catch James.
  • Hayseed Name: Of the Southern belle variety.
  • High-Class Fan: She's sometimes seen hiding her face behind a fan, even when she was a child.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She is determined to marry James and turn him into her idea of a "proper" gentleman.
  • Identical Stranger: She looks almost exactly like Jessie, except for the ringlets and slight differences in hair and eye color.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Jessebelle, James's fiancée, has similar features to James's mother.
  • Meaningful Name: A double-layered and doubly fitting one. Jessebelle is a Southern Belle version of Jessie, but her name is also a clever wordplay on the old-fashioned idiom Jezebel, meaning an evil, scheming woman, taken from the name of the unjust and domineering Queen Jezebel from The Bible.
  • Mirror Character: She's very similar to Jessie, essentially a dark(er) reflection of her. Essentially, she shows what Jessie could be if she had no moral restraint.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Three very large ones, two on the sides and one in back.
  • Rich Bitch: She is a very wealthy and despicable person.
  • Shadow Archetype: Jessie of Team Rocket tends to overwhelm James and Meowth with raw force of personality just to get her way, but Jessebelle dials that tendency up to eleven by wanting to completely reshape others to suit her liking.
  • Signature Mon: Jessebelle's main Pokémon partner is Vileplume, whom she raised since it was an Oddish. She uses Vileplume to hinder James' attempt to escape, and its Grass/Poison-type is the perfect antithesis to James' Growlie, highlighting the couple's incompatibility.
  • Southern Belle: The English dub adds a Southern accent and Hayseed Name to her wealthy background, appearance, style of dress and fixation on proper behavior to cast her as one of these.
  • Whip of Dominance: On her debut episode, she uses a whip while trying to forcibly (and violently) make him act like a proper gentleman, further illustrating her ridiculously controlling nature.
  • Yandere: Of the non-murderous type, although she is willing to hurt James into obeying her.

    Todd Snap (Toru)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Víctor Ugarte
Voiced in European Spanish by: Alicia Sainz de la Maza (first appearance), Amelia Jara (second appearance)

An enthusiastic Pokémon photographer, Todd Snap loves taking photos of Pokémon in their natural habitat and learns from Ash how to properly understand their feelings. In his first appearance, he tries to catch a photo of Pikachu after misunderstanding Team Rocket's request to "catch" Pikachu. He becomes a travelling companion to Ash, Misty and Brock for a short while before departing to explore Kanto's mountain region. He reunites with his friends in Johto, trying to snap Articuno whilst accompanied by Jigglypuff. He is fittingly the star of Pokémon Snap.

  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: Professor Oak gives the Zero One multipurpose vehicle to Todd in Pokémon Snap. The vehicle can go on land via railway tracks, can travel down rivers, and fly using rocket boosters.
  • Breakout Character: Todd Snap proves to be popular enough to get his own Pokémon Spin-Off game in the form of Pokémon Snap. Consequently, Todd is not only featured in the sequel game New Pokémon Snap, but also appeared as a character in Pokémon Adventures, making him the first and so far only anime original character to appear in Adventures.
  • The Bus Came Back: For a second 3-parter during the Johto saga.
  • Camera Fiend: As a photographer, he always likes to shoot photos.
  • Canon Immigrant: Todd originated in the anime first, but then he gets his own Pokémon Spin-Off game which technically makes him a video game character. This in turn allows him to appear in Pokémon Adventures, which usually avoids anime references.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His skills in photography (and camera) proved vital in gathering evidence against Cassidy and Butch, bringing their breeding center scheme crashing down.
  • Famed In-Story: Earned a lot of accolades for photographing a live Aerodactyl.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He travels with Ash's group for a couple of episodes.
  • Non-Action Guy: He is not a trainer.
  • Running Gag: Todd takes photos at the most inappropriate moments.

    Cleavon Schpielbunk (Heat Minamino)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kobuhei Hayashiya
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enrique Mederos
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Lombardero

An award-winning director with an over-the-top personality. While he dreams of fame and fortune, his actual filmography seems to be hit-or-miss.

  • Exact Words: He states that his Pokémon movie will be all about Pokémon. That means no footage of humans caught during filming was used for the final cut, much to Ash and friends' disappointment.
  • Large Ham: He's very loud, very excitable, and always seems to find a way to be the center of attention.
  • Named After Somebody Famous:
    • His Japanese name is a reference to the Japanese comedian and filmmaker Beat Takeshi, real name Takeshi Kitano.
    • His English name, meanwhile, is an obvious riff on Steven Spielberg

    Charles Goodshow (President Tamaranze)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masaharu Sato
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

The President of League Competition Committee. Prior to Unova, he has been in every League Conference to oversee the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • The Cameo: Appears in a silent cameo watching the Lily of the Valley Conference with Cynthia.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He simply disappears after Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, never to return for future League Conferences. This wouldn't have been as noticeable if it wasn't for the fact that he's the League Competition Committee President and has been physically present for every League Conference prior to Unova.
  • Cool Old Guy: He may be old, but he's quite energetic.

Orange Islands

    Professor Philena Ivy (Dr. Uchikido)
Voiced in Japanese by: Keiko Han
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (Series), Carola Vásquez (Movie 2)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Mayte Tajadura (Series), Gloria Armesto (Movie 2)

Professor Ivy lives in the Orange Islands. She was introduced for little more reason than to give the GS Ball to Ash. Brock also stays with her at her lab temporarily and returns traumatized by whatever happened between them. Ivy studies regional differences in Pokémon physiology.

  • The Ace: Ivy seems like the complete package—she's gorgeous, she's brilliant, and she's so good with pokémon that her Gyarados is as docile as a kitten (apparently she raised all the pokémon on the island, or at least the ones who live near her lab). It's only later that Ash and the gang learns what a Genius Slob she is.
  • Action Girl: She's introduced riding on a Gyarados with only one hand holding on, disembarking with a giant leap and catching her Labcoat of Science and Medicine in midair after having her assistants throw it to her. Later on she's seen charging into action trying to rescue a Raticate from Vileplume pollen.
  • Cold Ham: Ivy can act with theatrics (e.g., riding a charging Gyarados and leaping from its head), but she has Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes and emotes like a Mellow Fellow.
  • The Dividual: The Trividual. Ivy's three assistants Faith, Hope, and Charity not only look identical, they often have the same thoughts at the same time.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: Despite her theatrics, Philena has perpetually sleepy eyes. Perhaps—in addition to all the other things in her lab that have been neglected—she's neglecting her sleep schedule.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ivy in the bay—Ash and friends find the professor being a Motherly Scientist, but when she learns they've arrived, she rides a charging Gyarados towards them and leaps off. One of her assistants throws her a labcoat, which she catches in midair, and the instant she lands she gives the gang a mellow greeting as if it were perfectly normal.
  • Foil: Professor Oak is an man who's too old for most action, Professor Ivy is a young woman who rides around on a Gyarados.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Philena's Berserk Sea Serpent Gyarados is as docile as a kitten when Ivy is giving it a check-up in the bay.
  • Genius Slob: By the time the heroes first meet her, Philena's lab has fallen into complete disrepair—the place is a huge mess and the roof leaks. Ivy claims this is because she and the her aides are too busy with research and pokémon care to keep things clean, but when Brock cooks them a meal they throw themselves at it like animals. Half the reason Brock stays is because the opportunity to cook and clean for everyone reminds him of home.
  • Iconic Outfit: Ivy wearing her Labcoat of Science and Medicine during her Swimsuit Scene.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Ivy's swimsuit just barely skirts around this—her neckline appears to be held in place by a pendant on a string fastened to the front of her swimsuit.
  • Incoming Ham: When Professor Ivy, swimming around in the bay by her lab while checking up on some of her Water-type pokémon, is told by her assistants that Ash and the gang have arrived to meet her, she doesn't swim over. She instead rides her charging Sea Serpent Gyarados towards them and leaps to shore—one of her assistants throws her her labcoat, she catches it in midair, and she's already wearing it by the time she lands.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: For a long time, her Bulbapedia article spelled her first name as "Felina" instead of "Philena."
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Ivy's such a Ms. Fanservice that the labcoat is a big visual reminder that she is, in fact, a pokémon professor. A handy side-effect of the labcoat is that it diminishes just how skimpy her actual clothes are.
  • Maternally Challenged: Philena is a Motherly Scientist, but she and the girls live in a pigsty, can barely cook, and when she's puzzled over why her Butterfree won't eat the highly nutritious meal she prepared for it, Brock's solution is to make something that Butterfree thinks actually tastes good.
  • Mellow Fellow: Professor Ivy has very little emotional range, even when displeased. The only time she's ever really shown excitement is when she got her first eyeful of Brock's cooking.
  • Motherly Scientist: Philena is quite gentle with her pokémon, produces highly nutritious food, and appears to be the de facto guardian of her three child assistants Faith, Hope, and Charity, whom she eats dinner with.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ivy's a curvaceous girl who wears a sexy swimsuit when she first appears—the camera lavishes some Male Gaze on her after she's been given her Labcoat of Science and Medicine to diminish how little she's wearing. When she's not in her swimsuit, her typical uniform appears to be a tube top and microskirt.
  • Noodle Incident: After returning at the end of the Orange Islands saga, the mere mention of Ivy's name is enough to turn Brock Blue with Shock, make him retreat to a Corner of Woe, and demand that nobody mention her name. Nobody knows why he does this, and he certainly won't tell.
  • Odd Name Out: A function of Early-Installment Weirdness—Professor Ivy's name was picked before the tree-based Theme Naming of pokémon professors was established (as it would be by Professor Elm in Pokémon Gold and Silver)—her Japanese name Uchikido also falls a little short, though it's thematically closer to trees ("uchiki" is a reading of 内木, which means "in the wood").
  • One-Steve Limit: In the French translation, her name is Dr. Flora—Flora is also the French name for May, the female protagonist of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What happened between Brock and Professor Ivy, and why does her name make him go Blue with Shock? (The first time he does it, Misty decides it must be that she dumped him, but the question is never settled to any extent further than that.)
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Ivy's debut Swimsuit Scene features her in a glamorous swimsuit with cut-outs and an Impossibly-Low Neckline, not something worn for its practicality in the water. She's quite content to wear her Labcoat of Science and Medicine unbuttoned to show it off.
  • The Stoic: Pokémon 2000 appears to give her mellow demeanor some exaggeration to a near lack of emotion—while she's on the phone with Professor Oak, she's all but numb to the chaos rampaging behind her, and later, when she and Professor Oak are flying in a helicopter trying to reach the center of the storm, Oak seizes his seat to hold on for dear life while Ivy only has a mild frown.
  • Theme Naming: With Professor Oak. In Japan, Uchikido is a riff on Ookido—in English, poison oak and poison ivy are plants known for causing harsh skin rashes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Brock parts ways with her, she vanishes from the anime, and whether or not she's doing okay goes unmentioned as well.

    Captain Adian (Russell) and Team Wartortle (Team Kameil)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuo Hayashi
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

A firefighter captain stationed on Ascorbia Island who commands many firefighter squads of the Squirtle line, most prominently Team Wartortle. He and Team Wartortle later returns in the Johto region to compete in the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix, where their biggest rivals are Officer Jenny and the Squirtle Squad.

  • The Bus Came Back: They return in "The Fire-ing Squad!" to compete in the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix.
  • Foil: Team Wartortle's leader serves one for Ash's Squirtle. Not only is Wartortle an evolved form of Squirtle, but it also wears a bandana to signify its status as the leader, much like how Ash's Squirtle wears Triangular Shades to signify its status as the Squirtle Squad leader.
  • Graceful Loser: If defeated, Adian and Team Wartortle would respect their victorious rivals, giving them a salute for their victory.
  • The Rival:
    • To Officer Jenny and the Squirtle Squad. The fact that both manage to reach the finals says something about their skills.
    • The leader of Team Wartortle in particular has personal rivalry with Ash's Squirtle.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They don't have a large part in the series, only appearing in two episodes. But they are the catalyst for Ash's Squirtle to rejoin the Squirtle Squad for the rest of the series.


    Professor Elm (Dr. Utsugi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuhiko Inoue
Voiced in English by: Paul Frank

An absent-minded professor from Johto region who studies the origins of life, particularly Pokémon Eggs. He's one of Professor Oak's top students, but has a habit of being too passionate about his work, often giving overly long explanations of his theories and not paying attention to his surroundings. He also gives Johto starter Pokémon to new trainers.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: His Establishing Character Moment has him being so focused on his lab research that he assumes that the Team Rocket trio is Nurse Joy taking the Totodile to its new trainer... without even looking. Later on, Elm becomes so caught up with his conversation to Oak that the same Totodile he's holding leaves his arms and walks up to Nurse Joy.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: If given the chance, Elm can easily overtake a conversation by talking constantly of his findings, often getting sidetrack with minor details such as his desire to surpass his mentor and how he's now distributing Johto Starter Mons.
  • Nerd Glasses: Like his game counterpart, he wears glasses and talks about his research.

    Madame Muchmoney (Kaneyo)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Yanaga
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ángeles Bravo
Voiced in European Spanish by: Isabel Donate

A wealthy woman who owns an 86-room mansion in Palm Hills. Muchmoney owns a Snubbull that keeps trying to run away due to being unhappy with being cooped up in the mansion and constantly smothered by its trainer. The Snubbull eventually runs away to the point of chasing after Team Rocket's Meowth, who in turn is chasing after Ash and the gang during their journey around Johto. This leads to Muchmoney finally heading out to search for Snubbull herself.

  • Acrofatic: What she becomes after going through some strength exercise during her search for her lost Snubbull.
  • The Cameo: She makes a brief flashback cameo in EP149 when Ash and the gang realize that they've stumbled upon her Snubbull again near Onix Tunnel.
  • Character Development: She eventually learns to let her Snubbull have some outdoor freedom thanks to her encounter with Ash and the gang. Particularly Brock, who was the first to notice Snubbull's unhappiness. She then learns that she actually likes traveling around outside during her own Snubbull search.
  • Fatal Flaw: Before meeting Ash and the gang, she wasn't able to see that spoiling her Snubbull to the point of keeping it cooped up in her mansion, and smothering it with her love and affection, was making it unhappy.
  • Meaningful Name: Named "Muchmoney" in the English dub. She has a lot of money.
  • Rich People: Has the rich look to her, and owns a massive mansion.
  • Stout Strength: By the time of her reappearance in EP175, she's put on some muscle.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gains a lot of muscle during her search for her lost Snubbull to the point of being able to tank a shot from her charging newly evolved Granbull.

Snubbull-Granbull (Bulu-Granbulu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa (Snubbull and Granbull)
Voiced in English by: Jerry Lobozzo (Snubbull)

A Granbull owned by Madame Muchmoney that likes to bite down on the tails of other Pokémon. Ash and the gang first encounter her as a Snubbull biting down on the tail of a Growlithe, but after returning her to Muchmoney, Snubbull is shown to be unhappy with its cooped up life-style; having tried to run away multiple times beforehand. Muchmoney eventually learns to let her Snubbull enjoy the outside, but she runs away again after taking a liking to the tail of Team Rocket's Meowth, and desires to bite it. The result is Snubbull following around Ash and the gang during her search for Meowth. In her final appearance, Snubbull evolves into Granbull during a battle against Team Rocket, and finally goes home after reuniting with Muchmoney.

  • Arranged Marriage: Snubbull was arranged to marry another wealthy owner's Snubbull named Winthrop Snubbullfeller. It can be assumed that the marriage was called off after Muchmoney realized that her Snubbull desired more freedom.
  • Defector from Decadence: She was tired of getting pampered, so she ran away from home to seek adventure...and Meowth's tail.
  • Determinator: Biting onto the tails of other Pokémon. So much so that Snubbull truly ran away from home, and chased after Team Rocket's Meowth around Johto just to bite his tail.
  • Enhanced Punch: Learns the powerful Dynamic Punch upon evolving into Granbull.
  • Expy: The Johto journey's version of the recurring Jigglypuff where they're both little pink Pokémon following around Ash and the gang.
  • Iconic Item: The bows tied on both her ears.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The main reason Snubbull keeps running away from Muchmoney is because she's unhappy with being cooped up in her owner's mansion, and being smothered by Muchmoney.
  • Recurring Character: Like Jigglypuff before it, Snubbull follows around the journey of Ash and the gang searching around for Team Rocket's Meowth in order to bite his tail.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Muchmoney gave it two red hair bows to show that Snubbull/Granbull's a girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Evolves into Granbull during its final appearance.
  • Tropey, Come Home: As Snubbull is a canine Pokémon, her running away crosses this trope.

Voiced in Japanese by: Hidenari Ugaki
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enzo Fortuny and Antonio Gálvez
Voiced in European Spanish by: Eduardo del Hoyo

Muchmoney's primary butler.

  • Butt-Monkey: Having to put up with Madame Muchmoney's antics brings him a lot of misery. When Ash and the gang encounter him again in EP175, his clothes are a wreck, and he's completely exhausted trying to keep up with Muchmoney, who went through a lot of muscle training during her search for her Snubbull.
  • The Jeeves: He works as a butler for Madame Muchmoney. If it wasn't already obvious enough, the 4Kids english dub even gives him the name "Jeeves."
  • The Leader: Of Madame Muchmoney's 3 butlers.
  • Meaningful Name: Named "Jeeves" in the english dub, which tends to be a nickname for butlers.
  • No Name Given: He was unnamed in the original Japanese version.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice black butler suit. It ends up a mess during Jeeves' reappearance.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Madame Muchmoney. He continues to happily serve for her even though some of her antics bring him a lot of problems.

    Liza (Sieg)
Voiced in Japanese by: Sakiko Tamagawa
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

The caretaker of Charicific Valley, a paradise where many Charizard come to grow stronger than ever before. She is also a close friend of Clair, the Gym Leader of Blackthorn City.

  • Dragon Rider: She can ride on Charla with no issue, and she states that all great Charizard trainers learn to ride on their Flame Pokémon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Liza only appears in a handful of episodes, but she is the reason why Ash's Charizard was Put on a Bus for the rest of the original series, as she deemed him to be still relatively weak compared to other Charizard in the valley. This also means she is responsible for Ash's Charizard becoming much more powerful than ever when Ash receives him back for important Pokémon battles.

Charla (Lisa)
Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa

A female Charizard who serves as Liza's partner.

  • Always Someone Better: Charla proves herself to be superior to Ash's Charizard in both skill and power, who previously had a winning streak as an overpowered Pokémon. She's even depicted to be physically larger than Ash's Charizard just to hammer it home.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: How do we know that Charla is female? The pink bow on her head.
  • Implied Love Interest: Seems to have fallen for Ash's Charizard when he became her bodyguard in "Great Bowls of Fire!", but that's the last time we see her and later on, Ash's Charizard permanently returns to Oak's Laboratory with no indication as to what became of their relationship.

    Kurt (Gantetsu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masashi Hirose
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

The Poké Ball smith who resides in Azalea Town. He is the man whom Professor Oak asks Ash to deliver the GS Ball to. After receiving this gift, Kurt asks Ash and friends to harvest Apricorns for him to fashion into custom-made Poké Balls. Through his granddaughter Maizie, he gives Lure Balls to Ash and Misty, and a Heavy Ball to Brock.

  • Aborted Arc: Infamously, the GS Ball story ends with him receiving titular MacGuffin... and pretty much doing nothing with it as far as the series is concerned. Originally, the GS Ball was meant to contain a Celebi who would then become a companion Pokémon for Ash and friends, which got scrapped in favor of Pokémon 4Ever, which also featured Celebi. How much was Kurt supposed to be involved in the original story arc remains unknown.
  • Cool Old Guy: He may be an old grandfather (and one who wears a funny Slowpoke costume), but he can craft Poké Balls like no other.
  • The Blacksmith: He's an expert Poké Ball smith, able to craft special Poké Balls made from Apricorns.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike the other residents of Azalea Town, Kurt understands that Ash and friends are new to this town, and helps them get past the angry mob after Ash accidentally steps on a Slowpoke's tail.

    DJ Mary (Kurumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mariko Kouda
Voiced in English by: Amy Birnbaum

The DJ celebrity host of the Goldenrod Radio Tower, responsible for many radio segments in the Kanto and Johto regions including talk shows, drama series, and quizzes. She greatly collaborates with Professor Oak on many shows and despite being hampered by Team Rocket interferences, she has a knack for impromptu.

  • Adapted Out: In the games, she has a Meowth whom she depends upon to protect her when Team Rocket hijacked the Radio Tower. Her Meowth is not present in the anime, likely to avoid confusion with Team Rocket's Meowth.
  • All Part of the Show: She spins any real interference of her show as simply being part of the act, which she can get away thanks to her quick thinking and impromptu skills.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She realizes that Ash has Stage Fright when performing on radio and puts him at ease.
  • Recurring Character: DJ Mary appears in two more episodes (one of which is a Pokémon Chronicles episode) which involves her doing radio segments with Professor Oak... after he deals with Team Rocket causing trouble for him.

Voiced in Japanese by: Mariko Kouda
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Series), Alondra Hidalgo (Pokemon Chronicles)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Sandra Jara (Series), Carmen Cervantes (Pokemon Chronicles)

A young Kimono Girl who desires to become a Pokémon trainer. While befriending Ash and the gang, she bonds with Misty over their similar backgrounds.

  • Adaptation Name Change: It's implied pretty heavily that Sakura is based on Sayo, a Kimono Girl trainer from the Pokémon Gold and Silver games who uses an Espeon.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The main reason she befriends Misty, which is their shared background of being the youngest of many sisters that the older siblings don't take all that seriously.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Sakura gets a Pokémon Chronicles episode centered around her challenging Misty to a gym battle.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has this hair-style.
  • Goal in Life: Her dream is to become a Pokémon trainer, which Sakura's eventually allowed by her older Kimono Girl sisters to head off and begin her journey at the end of EP226. She's later shown having won several Johto gym badges in her Pokémon Chronicles appearance.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Whether it's her normal attire or her Kimono Girl clothing, Sakura tends to be wearing a lot of pink.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Sakura's second appearance, her Eevee has evolved into Espeon, and by the time of her appearance in Pokémon Chronicles, she's shown taking on the gym challenge.

    Janina (Konatsu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Sasamoto
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams

An apprentice of Jasmine for the Olivine Gym. She initially poses as Jasmine herself when Ash came for the Gym Battle, but is caught and punished by Jasmine for not only impersonating her, but also for cheating. After making up for her misbehavior by stopping Team Rocket and following genuine advice from Brock, Janina accompanies Ash's group to Cianwood City to pick up medicine for Jasmine's sick Ampharos. She later acts as the referee for Ash's battle against Jasmine.

  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Downplayed. Janina doesn't really look like a Gym Leader, looking more like a little girl, but Ash believes her to be one until the real Jasmine shows up (and she has a more distinct look).
  • The Atoner: Realizing how bad of a trainer she is for cheating, Janina scrubs off the water polish from her Onix and genuinely seeks advice from Ash and friends to become a good trainer. She also takes up Jasmine's request to get medicine for Sparkles, Jasmine's sick Ampharos, as part of her atonement.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: She secretly waxed her Onix with a water-repellent polish to make it immune to Water-type attacks. She manages to defeat Ash's Totodile, but ends up getting caught by Jasmine and is temporarily expelled from the Gym for cheating.

Voiced in Japanese by: Rumi Kasahara
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

A scuba diver by trade who seeks the Silver Wing that belonged to her great-grandfather in a sunken ship. After Ash and friends help her recover the Silver Wing, she repays them by ferrying them to the Whirl Cup tournament. Later on, she helps them stop an insidious Team Rocket plot to capture Lugia and her child.

  • Big Damn Heroes: She makes her return entrance by ramming her boat into Butch and Cassidy's ship to stop them stealing Silver.
  • The Bus Came Back: After dropping off Ash and friends at the Whirl Cup in "Mantine Overboard", Luka returns a few episodes later to help them stop Team Rocket from capturing Lugia and its child.
  • Family Honor: No one believed Luka's great-grandfather's tale of the Silver Wing since it was lost in the shipwreck, which is why Luka is so determined to recover it.
  • Get on the Boat: She helps Ash and friends travel across the sea in the Whirl Islands, which is rather convenient whenever they miss the schedule ferry.
  • Making a Splash: She owns three Magikarp to help her find the Silver Wing.

    Oliver (Osamu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Motoko Kumai
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

A young boy from Ogi Isle who befriended a baby Lugia whom he nicknamed Silver after it rescued him from a storm.

  • Androcles' Lion: Inverted. Silver saved his life from the storm. Oliver repays the baby Lugia by protecting its existence from outsiders.
  • Liar Revealed: He admits to Ash and friends that he's been lying about not knowing about Lugia once they discover Silver.
  • Making a Splash: He owns a Lantern, a fish Pokémon.
  • Pals with Jesus: He's friends with a baby Lugia for about week before Ash and friends arrive.

    Eusine (Minaki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shinji Kawada
Voiced in English by: Ed Paul (Series), Dan Green (The Legend of Thunder)

An enigmatic researcher, and a friend of Morty, who has been researching the legend of Ho-Oh and the three Legendary beasts to find the elusive Pokémon Suicune. He doesn't like the idea that someone like Ash Ketchum had already encountered them first before he did. He later appears as a major character in the anime special The Legend of Thunder.

  • Adaptational Badass: Eusine's team in the games is nothing to write home about, being consisted of a Drowzee, Haunter, and Electrode. Here in the anime, Eusine has a freaking Alakazam as his Pokémon partner.
  • Ascended Extra: Eusine only appears once in the main anime series, but he would have a much larger and more prominent role in The Legend of Thunder, appearing in two of the three episodes that compose this special.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a cape and he chases down Legendaries. Can't get more badass than that. But he prefers that people don't touch his cape.
  • Berserk Button: He's already iffy about Ash claiming to have seen a Ho-Oh at the beginning of his Pokémon journey. But he really gets mad when Ash claims to have seen a Suicune before he did, enough to call Ash a liar and directly challenge to a Pokémon battle.
  • Inconsistent Dub: For some reason, the English dub of The Legend of Thunder calls Eusine "Eugene" even though Eusine is the correct name in both the main anime series and the games themselves.
  • Morality Chain: Morty is essentially his chain of reason, as the Gym Leader's influence on his friend keeps Eusine from becoming truly petty towards Ash.


    Gary Oak (Shigeru Okido) 
See here for more about Gary and his Pokémon.

    Ritchie (Hiroshi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Takayama
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Original Series), Manuel Díaz (Chronicles)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Chelo Vivares

One of Ash's first rivals in the Indigo League and the first one that Ash would lose to in a league. Ritchie is similar to Ash in appearance but is more grounded and calm by comparison. He later appears in the three-part Lugia arc in Master Quest and would later appear again in Pokémon Chronicles.

  • Blow You Away: Happy's Whirlwind.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Happy (Butterfree) is a giant butterfly.
  • The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance during the World Coronation Series arc of Journeys, where he (along with Sparky) witnesses the match between Lance and Diantha.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Had a few episodes to himself in Chronicles.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Cruise, a Rock, and Ground-type Pupitar. It also knows Sandstorm.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Rose's Double Team.
  • Fauxshadow: Ritchie is not shown competing in the Silver Conference, despite heavy implications that he would be (not only does he reappear for a few episodes in Johto, but he was pictured alongside Gary and Casey in front of the league stadium in one of the openings).
  • Foil: To Ash himself, right down to the similarity of his team. If anything, Ritchie shows himself to be a more positive version of Ash if the latter were less bratty, more grounded, and actually took training seriously. As shown later on in the series with Ash's character through his later journeys, both of them are not that different from each other.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Ash during the Indigo League.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: During the three-part Lugia arc in the Whirl Islands.
  • Hero of Another Story: Appears in a few episodes of Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Humble Hero: Ritchie insists that his Pokémon should get the credit instead of him when thanked for his deeds. He also takes his Indigo League loss much better than Ash does, causing Ash to realize how immature he was being.
  • Informed Ability: According to Brock, he was good enough as a trainer to get through the first four rounds without losing a single Pokémon, but none of his matches were shown.
  • Lost in Translation: Ritchie's name doesn't carry the Mythology Gag of his original Japanese name Hiroshi.
  • Mirror Character: Ritchie is a reflection of who Ash would be if he were a little bit more mature and competent. Their Pokémon rosters are very similar (both using a Pikachu, a member of the Charizard line, a Butterfree, a member of the Taillow line and if counting unofficially owned Pokémon, a member of the Larvitar line), they have similar appearances aside from wearing contrasting colors, and they managed to have a very close championship battle. Ritchie confides in Ash that they both ended up underestimating how difficult and competitive winning a Pokémon League can be and they both resolve to learn from their mistakes in order to become better trainers in the long run.
  • Mythology Gag: Hiroshi is the non-color optional name for the rival in the original Japanese release of Pokémon Blue, for Hiroshi Yamauchi, like Shigeru (Gary's Japanese name, after Shigeru Miyamoto).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Like Satoshi (Ash) and Shigeru (Gary), Hiroshi should ring a bell, especially for old-time Nintendo fans since the 1990s.
  • Nice Guy: The first of Ash's many Pokémon League rivals. He is the only trainer to help Ash get back the stolen Pokémon. Later when he eventually has to face off against Ash and he doesn't show, he pleads with the referee to wait for Ash when he almost declared him the winner.
  • The Nicknamer: Every single one of his Pokémon in his team has a nickname.
  • Playing with Fire: Zippo, a Fire-type Charmeleon.
  • Rummage Fail: So far the only character to put stickers on his Pokéballs to avert this.
  • Shock and Awe: Sparky, an Electric-type Pikachu.
  • Signature Mon: Befitting of a Mirror Character to Ash, his main Pokémon partner is a Pikachu named Sparky, whom always sits on Ritchie's shoulder just like Ash's, even though Sparky doesn't have a dislike of being in a Poké Ball.
  • Similar Squad: He owns three Pokémon resembling Ash's original team, and he himself is a Mirror Character to Ash. Chronicles reveals he caught a Taillow as well, causing him to lampshade the fact that he and Ash tend to catch many of the same Pokémon. The only Pokémon he has that Ash doesn't is his Pupitar.
  • Sixth Ranger: At the end of the Indigo League arc/season, and during the three-part Lugia arc in Johto.
  • Time Travel Escape: In one episode of Pokémon Chronicles, he goes back in time with help from Celebi to save Nurse Joy's friend Nick and succeeds in not only saving him but a Pokémon Center that was going to be demolished.

    Casey (Nanako)
"The one and only!"
Voiced in Japanese by: Nina Kumagaya
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza (Original Series), Gaby Ugarte and Georgina Sánchez (Chronicles)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Isacha Mengíbar (Series), Sandra Jara (Pokemon Chronicles)

Casey is a trainer from Johto and a huge fan of the Electabuzz baseball team. She appeared in three episodes of the Johto saga of the anime, in the opening of Master Quest next to Gary and Ritchie, and also appeared in two episodes of Pokémon Chronicles, one of which as the main character.

  • The Ace: Incredible at baseball, in her debut episode she manages to hit dozens and dozens of baseballs with her baseball bat in less than ten seconds!
  • Berserk Button: She is easily angered when someone talks bad about the Electabuzz baseball team. Or when someone wants to get revenge on one of her friends. She thought that Georgio was going to hurt Misty, and was protective of her.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Beedrill is a giant bee. She got it from Ash.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even if Ash did make her angry by insulting her favorite baseball team, it still wasn't smart of Casey to insult his skills as a trainer and challenge him, since she had only been on her journey for a day or two. She gets her ass handed to her instantly by Ash's Charizard going light on her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffers one against Ash, when all three of her Pokémon fall to Charizard without him even trying.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She loves to sing the Electabuzz baseball theme song... but she's not very good at it. Her friends usually look in embarrassment and on one occasion her singing was so off-key that Misty had to stop her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Is the main character in the Chronicles episode Those Darn Electabuzz.
  • The Ditz: She's cute but not too bright.
  • Fangirl: To the Electabuzz baseball team, which are expies of the Osaka Hanshin Tigers, a Real Life baseball team which is much loved in Japan. Parts of her debut episode make this very obvious to people familiar with Japanese baseball.
  • Fauxshadow: Casey is implied to be a future Silver Conference opponent for Ash, appearing in the league stadium alongside Gary and Ritchie in one of the openings. However, it's revealed a few episodes before the Silver Conference that she only has four badges, and thus is not shown competing.
  • Flight: Pidgey and Beedrill can fly around.
  • Foil: To Ash. Her personality is a lot like Ash's when he started his journey, and it helps highlight how far he's come since then, as well as show that some of his own faults (such as his own ego getting easily inflated) are still things he needs to work on.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In the English dub, she's named Casey which technically a unisex name, but is often associated with boys. Casey is tomboyish and thus the name fits well.
  • Genki Girl: Casey is very cheerful and energetic.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Casey has long, purple pigtails.
  • Green Thumb: Her Meganium is a grass-type and her starter Pokémon.
  • Hidden Depths: Those Darn Electabuzz shows that she's actually really good at motivating and cheering up others, as she helps Don and Corey both tackle their self-doubt issues. She even deliberately gets under Corey's skin, riling him up enough to start giving it his all out of pure spite. By the end of the episode, they're back in their prime.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Casey is at times arrogant and stubborn, her heart is in the right place.
  • Lovable Jock: She can get quite angry and brash but she's still a good and loyal kid.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a fan of a baseball team, and thus named after the poem "Casey at the Bat".
  • The Napoleon: She's a shortie and is also pretty short-tempered.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: In Those Darn Electabuzz, she changes into an Electabuzz cheerleading uniform and forces Don, Corey and Benny Demario to cheerlead with her.
  • Running Gag: Her appearances to the gang is never complete without her (and her team) singing the Electabuzz theme song.
  • Signature Mon: Ironically, despite having both Beedrill and Elekid on her team to match her love of yellow and black-stripes, her main Pokémon partner is Meganium, who has neither and is a Grass-type Pokémon rather than an Electric-type, which yellow is commonly associated with.
  • Ship Tease: In A Date With Delcatty, when Georgio fails to take Misty on a date to watch a baseball game, he ends up taking Casey instead as thanks for her help dealing with Cassidy and Butch earlier. At that point it's not explicitly treated as romantic, but the hints are there, and we last see them walking towards the stadium, singing the Electabuzz theme song together.
  • Shock and Awe: She has an Elekid, no doubt because she loves its future evolution Electabuzz.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Implied. When Casey meets Ash & co again, her Chikorita has fully evolved into a Meganium.
    • In the dub version of Those Darn Electabuzz she comments about having a Magmar and a Rapidash, meaning her team is pretty powerful and well-rounded for someone who started out with a Pidgey and Rattata.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She pushed her Chikorita in her second appearance (during the Bug-Catching Contest) so she could beat Ash. Thankfully she learned her lesson afterwards, her Chikorita evolved into Bayleef and Ash giving her the Beedrill he won the Contest with helped her appreciate the lesson all the more.
    • Subverted in Those Darn Electabuzz - it seems like she's grabbed the Jerkass Ball and is rudely insulting both Corey and Don, but it turns out she was deliberately riling them up to make them do better and didn't mean a word she said.

    Harrison (Hazuki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Katsumi Toriumi
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza
Voiced in European French by: Bruno Mullenaerts

One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash.

  • The Ace: His Blaziken is his powerful Pokémon, able to stand on equal footing with Ash's Charizard despite the latter having a type-advantage. Its absence from Harrison's team in the semi-finals ends up being the reason for Harrison's defeat in the Silver Conference.
  • Attack Reflector: Houndoom's Counter.
  • Canine Companion: He has a Houndoom, a canine-like Pokémon.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Sneasel's Metal Claw.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kecleon — swift and agile with unique natural abilities that provide a challenge for Pikachu, but not the highest endurance overall.
  • Glass Cannon: Sneasel — powerful striking ability, yet goes down when Totodile gives it a steady beatdown.
  • Jack of All Stats: Houndoom — the most even-balanced of the team, with considerable strength and states. Beaten when Bayleef clamps its jaws shut, ending its normal advantage.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Blaziken — overall the strongest with great abilities all-around, able to casually defeat Bayleef and fight Charizard to a near-standstill despite the latter's type advantage.
  • Man Bites Man: Houndoom's Bite.
  • Mighty Glacier: Steelix — the highest defense and raw strength (but not the fastest), taking out the much smaller Noctowl. Snorlax's similar constitution counters it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Hypno realized what a bad idea it was to wake Snorlax using Dream Eater, its face became a case study of this trope.
  • Playing with Fire: He has the Fire-type Houndoom and Blaziken
  • Psychic Powers: Kecleon's Psybeam.
  • Signature Mon: Blaziken is his starter Pokémon and ace, being given to him by Professor Birch as a Torchic. Blaziken not only defeated Ash's Charizard and gave Harrison the win in the one of the closest League Conference matches, but its absence from Harrison's team in the semi-finals (due to being injured from its fight with Charizard) was stated to be the reason why Harrison lost in the Top 4.
  • Soul Power: His Sneasel knows Shadow Ball, and his Kecleon knows Lick.
  • Squishy Wizard: Hypno — relies on its psychic abilities to provide unexpectedly strong attacks, but not fast and taken down by a single point-blank Hyper Beam.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Houndoom, one of his main battlers, who appears occasionally outside its ball with its trainer.
  • Use Your Head: Houndoom's Headbutt.
  • Worf Had the Flu: After being too injured from fighting Ash's Charizard, Blaziken was unable to participate in Harrison's next battle, costing him the win.

Minor Rivals

Voiced in Japanese by: Yukiji
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán
Voiced in European French by: Nessym Guetat
A Bug Catcher dressed as a samurai who resides in Viridian Forest, seeking new trainers from Pallet Town to challenge in battle.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His replacement from the Takeshi Shudo-authored novelization never blames Ash for the trouble he created, and is generally a lot more humble.
  • Adapted Out: Of Takeshi Shudō's novels. His role is instead filled by a generic bug catcher from the original games.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Owns a Metapod (giant cocoon) and Pinsir (giant beetle).
  • Blood Knight: He seeks out trainers of Pallet Town to battle and admits enjoying losing to them because it motivates him to get stronger. His frustration with Ash is due to him not living up to his expectations.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Samurai appears in Pokémon Yellow as a Bug Catcher in Viridian Forest who explains how cool Metapod are.
  • Cool Helmet: His samurai outfit wouldn't be complete without one of those...
  • Cool Sword: ...or one of these. But it's actually a toy.
  • Free-Range Children: Apparently lives in a cabin by himself.
  • Hypocrite: Berates Ash for abandoning his Metapod when he was responsible for the whole mess by interrupting Ash's Weedle capture, and also considering Ash tried his hardest to get back the Metapod.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Repeatedly scolds and berates Ash but comes to respect him when he shows that he can be a competent Pokémon trainer, while even seeing himself as a novice compared to him.
  • Never My Fault: He accuses Ash of acting like this when Ash says it's his fault the Weedle got away and that he's the only one who should be blamed. Thing is, he's guilty of this attitude himself, since he pulled his (toy) sword on Ash to interrupt him even after Ash made it clear to him that he was busy.
  • No Name Given: He's just called "Samurai".
  • One-Shot Character: The very first!
  • Signature Mon: Though he has a Pinsir and Metapod on his team, he's mostly remembered for his Pinsir due to being a relatively strong Pokémon for Ash to battle (and fitting with the Samurai aesthetics) while Metapod did nothing but Harden during its battle against Ash's Metapod.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He appears in only one episode, but he plays a major indirect role in Ash's Metapod evolving into Butterfree.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Interrupts Ash's capture of a Weedle for a Pokémon battle, which later escalates into a full-on Beedrill attack.
  • Verbal Tic: In the original, he ends every sentence with "de gozaru," which was common in ancient samurai speech.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His counterpart in the novelization calls Ash out on his failure to save Metapod (which is here due to negligence, as the Beedrill swarm is a coincidence).
  • Worthy Opponent: How he regards the other two Pallet trainers, Gary and eventually Ash.

    AJ (Akira)
Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Benjamín Rivera
A fierce trainer who runs an unofficial Pokémon Gym in an attempt to get 100 wins in a role before he sets off on his Gym Quest, albeit with harsh methods that riles up Ash.

    Joe (Jun) and Giselle (Seiyo Yūtō) 

Joe (Jun)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Kayze Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Uraz Huerta
A young student who goes to Poké Tech as an alternative to collecting Gym Badges to qualify for the Pokémon League. He finds the school to be grueling, but believes himself to be superior to a trainer with two badges.
  • Canon Immigrant: Joe appears in Pokémon Yellow as a Junior Trainer north of Vermilion City. Notably, his game-self is dating Giselle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Weepinbell is easily beaten by Misty's Starmie despite having Water-type Pokémon being weak against Grass-Type Pokémon.
  • Green Thumb: Trains a Weepinbell.
  • Mythology Gag: He develops battling skills using a Pokémon simulator — not wholly unlike the original Pokémon games.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When pressed by his fellow students, he pretends to know less than he actually does so that their grilling won't be so unbearable.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In his episode of origin, Joe is implied to have a crush on Giselle; he's carrying a picture of her around and allnote . When both characters get The Cameo in Pokémon Yellow, they appear as a couple.

Giselle (Seiyo Yūtō)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Touma
Voiced in English by: Annie Pondel
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lucía Ramos
Poké Tech's top student in Beginner's class, and she knows it. Despite being a bully to the inexperienced Joe, she is quite popular with her peers... including Ash of all people.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: A quintessential example of the trope, as her bullying is solely related to how well one does in class.
  • The Ace: She's the top student of the Beginner's class of Pokémon Tech (As according to her Badass Boast).
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her name in the dub comes from the greek word meaning "Blessed".
  • Brainy Brunette: She has dark brown hair and she's the top student in the Beginner's class.
  • Break the Haughty: Ash defeating her was quite the slice of Humble Pie.
  • Canon Immigrant: Giselle appears in Pokémon Yellow as a Junior Trainer north of Vermilion City. Notably, her game-self is dating Joe.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Her answer to Pikachu starting a staring contest with her Cubone during battle? Bone Club in the head, followed by Bonemerang. Her Cubone has the same attitude, and doesn't need being prompted to throw another Bonemerang at Pikachu when he tries to stand back up.
    • When Jessie, James and Meowth show up, she leads the entire beginners' class against them. They don't even bother to take their Pokémon out, they just throw the Poké Balls at their heads. She even lampshades this Curb-Stomp Battle by saying that "Bad guys don't play by the rules!".
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After getting defeated by Ash, she becomes much nicer.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her known Pokémon are Graveler and Cubone.
  • Dude Magnet: She's quite popular despite her attitude, and even has the honor of being the first and possibly only female to actually attract Ash's attention. Not to mention it was the only time Brock showed interest in somebody who wasn't an older woman (in the dub, in the Japanese version of the original series, Takeshi tends to imply Jailbait Wait).
  • Expy: Giselle's design is based on the generic Lass trainer-class of Pokémon Red and Blue, but with a slightly fancier uniform and more glamorous stockings and hair.
  • Fatal Flaw: Giselle doesn't think outside the box. She is a skilled trainer who is knowledgeable about the moves and habits of many Pokémon. However, she battles based on what she has absorbed from books and is taken off guard when Ash and Pikachu resort to tactics she's never studied in class.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • While she's overly harsh towards Joe, her criticisms of his overly rigid thinking is accurate, with Misty having already proved this by easily defeating Joe in spite of being at a type disadvantage.
    • Giselle ends up coming to the conclusion that Ash most likely won his first two Badges by luck. While she had no way of actually knowing this, it is true that neither Badge was actually earned through battle, and Ash would ultimately end up obtaining half of his Kanto Badges through similar means. This would ultimately become a topic of embarrassment for Ash later on.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She is constantly bullying the younger students at the academy, including Joe...somewhat. All of her bullying consists of supplying useful tips for trainers, but in the harshest and most back-handed possible way.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name read as Yūtō Seiyo actually means honor student. Fitting considering how she seems to be a stuck-up know-it-all.
  • Pet the Dog: Consoled her Cubone when it lost to Ash's Pikachu in a battle, telling it that it did a great job.
  • Proud Beauty: "It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty".
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Her Graveler easily beats Misty's Starmie despite having Rock-Type Pokémon being weak against Water-Type Pokémon. Ash later gives her a taste of her own medicine.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: How Giselle gets away with being the queen bee of such an abusive student body.
    Joe: I hate the way she treats us, but I like the way she looks.

    Damian (Daisuke)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Eli James (BW116, flashback)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

The original owner of Ash's Charmander. A cruel kid who values a Pokémon's raw power over actual training, Damian abandons Charmander in the wilderness and lies to him that he'll return, not caring what the poor Pokémon's fate would be.

  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • His counterpart in Pokémon Yellow isn't as much of an uncaring jerkass as he is in the anime, as he's fully aware that he's a lousy trainer and figures his Charmander deserves better.
    • His counterpart in The Electric Tale of Pikachu is also far nicer; rather than abandon his Charmander on purpose, he got into an accident and was sent into a ten-day coma, with an oblivious Charmander waiting for him to come back. The two ended up happily reuniting later on.
  • Ambitious, but Lazy: Damian has no problem abandoning his Charmander for being too weak, but once he sees how strong it is after Ash, Misty, and Brock nursed it to health, he comes back for it and states that he is glad that he didn't have to train it. When Brock calls him out on this, Damien's "comeback" is that training Pokèmon is the boring part of being a trainer.
  • Canon Immigrant: Damian appears in Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! as a trainer north of Cerulean City looking for someone to raise his Charmander better than he can.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Seen showing off his large collection of Poké Balls to his gang of friends... and then boasting about how he got rid of Charmander. His friends praise him in return, solidifying the fact that he has no passion in being a trainer and is only interested in validation.
  • Evil Brit: In the English dub, he speaks with a vaguely British accent and retains his extreme callousness.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His abuse of Charmander set the stage for its attitude problem, and all the trouble that it caused Ash, upon evolving.
  • Hate Sink: The whole purpose of his character is to show that not all Pokémon trainers are good ones and can be terrible, in contrast to Ash’s character.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Does this after Charmander (and Pikachu) roast him alive. It's as cathartic and pathetic as it sounds.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Damian eventually did come back for Charmander, but only because he saw him as useful after all by that point.
  • Kick the Dog: He abandoned his Charmander and had no intention of going back to get it, and he didn't even care that Charmander would have died in the rain.
  • Lack of Empathy: Showed no empathy for the fact that Charmander could have died sitting on that rock waiting for him.
  • Lazy Bum: He finds the training part of being a Pokémon trainer to be boring and simply desires Pokémon that are strong at the start so that he can win more battles and show off.
  • Never My Fault: During the confrontation at the Pokémon Center, Damian tries to pick a fight with Ash, Misty, and Brock after they witness his pretentious and callous attitude. Nurse Joy intervenes, saying that Pokémon are not to be used in petty battles. Naturally, Damian blames the three of them before he and his gang storm out.
  • Obviously Evil: His English name is DAMIAN for Pete's sake!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in Charmander's debut episode, and is single-handedly responsible for his anger issues and attitude during evolution. Constant abuse will do that to someone.

    Mandi (Komu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis

Ash's first opponent in the Indigo Plateau Conference. An arrogant magician with adoring fans, Mandi believes that defeating Ash would be a walk in the park, especially when Ash starts off the round with an inexperienced Krabby. He ends up suffering the one of most humiliating defeat in the entire League.

  • The Cameo: He appears in the second Japanese OP song Rivals as one of Ash's most notable past rivals in the past.
  • Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end when Krabby evolves into Kingler and makes short work of Seadra and Golbat.
  • Epic Fail: He does have very powerful and skilled Pokémon on his team, with a distinct advantage over regular Water-types. They all lost to Ash's Krabby/Kingler, which happens to be the first time Ash ever uses the River Crab Pokémon in battle.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: His Golbat knows Double Team. Fitting given that Mandi himself is a stage magician.
  • Life Drain: His Golbat knows Mega Drain.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His full title is The Astounding Mandi, which is very similar to real-life stage magician The Amazing Randi.
  • Psychic Powers: His Exeggutor knows Psywave and Psychic.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: This is his Fatal Flaw - he underestimates Ash and subsequently has his ass handed to him by just one of the latter's Pokémon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Though he is ultimately a One-Shot Character, he is the responsible for Ash's Krabby evolving into the overpowered Kingler. And it's heavily implied that this easy battle caused Ash's ego to inflate dramatically, which has dire consequences in his battle against Ritchie.
  • Smug Snake: A smug trainer with arrogance surpassing the likes of Gary, which makes his Epic Fail of a defeat all the more satisfying.
  • Stage Magician: Does a trick with some Pidgey when introduced.

    Jeanette Fisher (Kaoruko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Hidaka
Voiced in English by: Tara Sands

Ash's fourth opponent in the Indigo Plateau Conference. Hailing from Crimson City and with a cheerleading squad similar to Gary's, Jeanette nearly put a premature end to Ash's win streak with a deceptively powerful Bellsprout.

  • The Ace: Bellsprout is her most deceptively powerful Pokémon, able to turn the tide against Ash with ease. Bellsprout would have won the battle had Ash not bring out Muk, which negates Bellsprout's powerful attacks.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Has a Scyther and a Beedrill.
  • The Cameo: She appears in the second Japanese OP song Rivals as one of Ash's most notable past rivals in the past.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Her use of Bellsprout as her last Pokémon seemed a desperate move...Right until he inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Ash's Bulbasaur (that had just finished defeating two of her Pokémon), and repeated the process on Pikachu. Her Bellsprout ends on the receiving end of this when Ash brings out Muk (at least Brock and Misty would have never expected him to use his stinkiest Pokémon).
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Bellsprout in battle.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She lets loose with an "O-ho-ho!" laugh during her battle with Ash, fitting for her implied high-class background.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this when Ash brings out Muk.
  • Sword Beam: Scyther's version of Swift works by flinging arcs of green energy off its blades.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She carries the appearance of one.

    Macy (Moe)
Voiced in Japanese by: Konomi Maeda
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams

One of the notable participants in the Silver Conference. A trainer from Mahogany Town who specializes in Fire-types, she develops a crush on Ash after he saved her from a fall and later rescued Vulpix from Team Rocket.

  • Irony: She's a Fire-type trainer from Mahogany Town, whose Gym Leader specializes in Ice-types.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in Fire-type Pokémon, preferring them over Water-types much to Misty's irritation.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Despite having Pokémon that can counter Fire-type weaknesses, Macy trained her Fire-type Pokémon to overcome said-weaknesses. This ironically bites her back when her Electric-type Electabuzz loses to Ash's Squirtle despite having an obvious type-advantage.
  • Rescue Romance: She falls in love with Ash because he saved her from falling and then saved her Vulpix. Ash doesn't pick this up.
  • Shock and Awe: Just because she specializes in Fire-types doesn't mean she isn't aware of their glaring weakness to water. That's why she has an Electabuzz to cover that weakness.
  • Making a Splash: Despite her disdain for Water-types, she does have a Water/Psychic-type Starmie her team to counter any Ground-type Pokémon.

    Invincible Pokémon Brothers (Strongest Pokémon Brothers) 

Kim, Kai/Khan, and Kail/Kam (Chan Bruce, Shan Bruce, and Rin Bruce)
Left to Right: Kail, Kim, and Kai
Voiced in Japanese by: Makoto Tsumura (Kim), Makoto Higo (Kai), Yugo Takahashi (Kail)
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel (Kim), Greg Abbey (Kai), Marc Thompson (Kail)

A trio of brothers from Viridian City who proudly boast of being the strongest trainers in the world. In reality, they are a bunch of bullies who seek weaker trainers to fight, and will every dirty tactic to win. They have a vendetta against Misty, who manages to beat them with the help of Ash and Brock, and seek to sabotage her qualification test to become the new Cerulean Gym Leader in Pokémon Chronicles.

  • The Bully: They deliberately seek out weaker trainers to bully and if that trainer proves too much for one of them, then they all gang up on them with their Pokémon. It's only when they can't defeat their opponent together that they panic and run like cowards.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: They insists otherwise, but not only does their cheating ways cause them to get disqualified several times, they ended up being blasted into the sky once Misty turns the tide when either her friends or her Pokémon come to her side.
  • Evil Is Petty: Their whole reason to challenge Misty for the Cerulean Gym Leader position? She humiliated them the last time they met and still think she's weak now that her friends have left.
  • Hate Sink: Possibly one of the most loathsome set of characters in the whole series. They are craven bullies who seek out weaker trainers to gang up on, use blatant cheating tactics, and are willing to harm both trainer and Pokémon just to get their way. It's say something when Nurse Joy finds their act so despicable that she bans them from all official Pokémon matches.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Is it Kai or Khan? Kail or Kam? Another localization issue from Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Their cruel attack on the caged Gyarados with Poison Sting causes Misty to jump and use her body to protect Atrocious Pokémon from harm. This causes the once out-of-control Gyarados to respect Misty and its first action is defend her from the brothers with a vengeance.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They only appear in two episodes, but they are the reason why Gyarados accepts Misty as its trainer and becomes her signature powerhouse.
  • Terrible Trio: A trio of brothers, and they are so terrible that they make Team Rocket look sweet.

Recurring Pokémon

    Spearow-Fearow (Onisuzume-Onidrill)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka

The leader of a Spearow flock in Route 1 that attacked Ash and Pikachu on their first day. This particular Spearow has a grudge against Ash for throwing a rock at its head and Pikachu for shocking it. It later evolves into a Fearow terrorizing a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto, but it hasn't forgotten about Ash and Pikachu when they travel this route once again.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In The Electric Tale of Pikachu adaptation, Ash actually caught it shortly after Pikachu shocked it to submission, and it became a very loyal Pokémon partner for Ash.
  • Asshole Victim: While it has every right to be angry at Ash for throwing a rock at it, Spearow is shown to be a very nasty Pokémon on its own terms, which is made particularly clear when it attacks other Pokémon like Pikachu, Pidgey, and Pidgeotto. Thus, no one feels sorry for it when it gets its butt whooped by those Pokémon.
  • The Bus Came Back: It returns in "Pallet Party Panic" as a Fearow still holding a grudge against Ash.
  • Dirty Coward: Fearow enjoys bullying the flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto due to them being terrified of it. But once it realizes that the flock are no longer afraid of it thanks to Ash and Pidgeot, it flees like a chicken.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ash's Pidgeot by the end of "Pallet Party Panic". They are both leaders of their pre-evolved flocks that live in Route 1, with the Spearow flock being aggressors and Pidgey flock being in defense. It's even foreshadowed in the first opening with Ash's Pidgeot fighting a Fearow.
  • Evil Is Petty: Spearow has legit reasons to attack Ash, but then it switches its target towards Pikachu for no reason other than it's jealous of trained Pokémon.
  • Feathered Fiend: The first one shown in the series and possibly the worst of them all. Even the other Spearow/Fearow later shown aren't as bad as this particular specimen.
  • It's Personal: This is how Ash realizes that the Fearow is the very same Spearow he throw a rock at. Despite terrorizing the Pidgey and Pidgeotto in its territory, it immediately drops its usual activity in favor of trying to kill Ash.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Prior to Spearow's attack, Ash and Pikachu were not the best of friends, with Pikachu being disobediently lazy and Ash trying to prove he can be a trainer without Pikachu. But the Spearow's attempts to kill them both creates an unbreakable bond between the two, as they realized just how much they're willing to themselves at risk for the other. And this friendship would greatly affect the entire world of Pokémon as Ash and Pikachu would be the heroes stopping or averting many crises across multiple regions and eventually become the very best like no one ever was as the World Monarch.
  • Not His Sled: Anyone familiar with The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga would expect Ash to catch the Fearow in the anime as a homage. But when Ash tries to capture Fearow while riding on Pidgeot, the Feathered Fiend swats the Poké Ball and has to be driven off by the flock.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It only appeared in two episodes, but those episodes have major impacts for Ash. In its first episode, it was the reason for Ash and Pikachu forming their unbreakable bond as trainer and Pokémon. In its second episode, it was the reason for Ash's Pidgeotto evolving into Pidgeot and why Pidgeot was Put on a Bus for the rest of the entire series (as Pidgeot needed to train the local Pidgey and Pidgeotto on how to defend themselves from the Spearow flock).
  • Super-Persistent Predator: It's not simply content to drive off Ash and Pikachu. It pursues them through the forest, the river, and even the storm. And since it's the leader of a flock, many of its brethren also partake in the chase.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: It's the first antagonist faced by Ash and Pikachu, even beating Team Rocket, but the Spearow is treated as something that could legitimately kill Ash and Pikachu. Even when it returns. as a Fearow, it's portrayed to be a danger to other wild Pokémon.


A Legendary Pokémon Ash saw on his first day as a Pokémon trainer. Seeing it causes Ash to realize just how vast the world is and how many Pokémon there are to meet. It has reappeared before him a few times since.

  • Bookend: It appears in the first and last episode of the main Pokémon series featuring Ash Ketchum as the main protagonist.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In the second-to-last final episode of the original series, after Ash parted ways with Misty and Brock, Ho-Oh makes another cameo appearance and Ash and Pikachu get to see it again, inspiring the young trainer to set off to Hoenn.
    • In Advance Generation, after a possessed Ash lost to Pyramid King Brandon, Ash, May, Brock and Max see Ho-Oh flying in the sky, which encourages Ash to do it better next time.
    • In Journeys, Ho-Oh finally reappears at the end of "Finding a Legend!", this time only being seen by Jaye.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A very literal example, too. Ho-Oh appeared over two years before Pokémon Gold and Silver were released, and in fact its appearance was the very first hint that the franchise would continue.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: When it first appears before Ash, it flies past a rainbow. While it's an In-Universe fact Ho-Oh creates rainbows, this was obviously not known at the time it appeared, making it seem like a coincidence as Ho-Oh appeared shortly after a rainstorm.
  • Foreshadowing: A Meta-example, but Ho-Oh's appearance was the first implication that the franchise would go beyond the first 151 Pokémon.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: In its debut, it was colored completely gold and had white sparkles surrounding it, presumably because its actual color scheme hadn't been thought up yet.
  • Irony: Even though Ho-Oh is a Johto legendary, it takes until Journeys for Ho-Oh to finally appear in the region. Instead, Ash usually sees it in the Kanto region.
  • Olympus Mons: Discounting the opening, Ho-Oh is the first Legendary Pokémon to appear, long before anything about it was known. Ash didn't know it was a Legendary Pokémon until he arrived at Ecruteak City.
  • Playing with Fire: Ho-Oh is part Fire-Type, being based on the Chinese Phoenix. Its sacred flame is also part of the Silver Conference's ceremonial torch.
  • Series Continuity Error: Is a mysterious, unidentified creature in its debut, but later episodes depict Ho-Oh as just another commonly known legendary Pokémon.

    Squirtle Squad (Zenigame Squad)
Ash's Squirtle is in the middle.
Once a band of delinquent Pokémon who caused trouble in a local town, the Squirtle Squad reforms their mischievous ways after Ash saved their leader from Team Rocket. After showcasing their skills to put out a forest fire, they are made the local firefighters under Officer Jenny. The leader of the Squirtle Squad leaves to join Ash's team, but later returns when it becomes clear that the Squirtle Squad is in need of leadership.
  • Cool Shades: They all wear black sunglasses and act cool. Ash's Squirtle wears Triangle Shades to highlight that he's the leader while the others wear circular shades.
  • Gang of Bullies: They travel in a group and cause a lot of trouble for the locals. However, they really don't mean true harm underneath their gruff exterior.
  • Reformed Criminal: The Squirtle Squad used to cause trouble and mayhem in the town but thanks to Ash, they have been reformed and reorganized as a special Pokémon firefighting squad under Officer Jenny's supervision.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: The reason why Ash's Squirtle returns to the squad permanently is because the Squirtle Squad cannot function as a firefighting team without their leader, even with Officer Jenny as their substitute.

    Pink Butterfree
Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura

A female Butterfree that happens to be uniquely pink-colored. Ash's Butterfree ends up falling in love with her on first sight, but she doesn't show any interest to him at first. Only when Ash's Butterfree risks his life to save her and the other Butterfree from Team Rocket does the Pink Butterfree changes her mind on him.

  • Breakout Character: Pink Butterfree was meant to be a Satellite Love Interest to Ash's Butterfree, with her pink color being a means to distinguish her from the other Butterfree in the episode. But her distinct design became so popular that it got referenced in Pokémon Gold and Silver as a Mythology Gag gossip, and many fans wished that the Shiny Butterfree used the Pink Butterfree design rather the one actually they got in the games.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference:
    • Pink Butterfree is female, but doesn't have the black oval scales on the lower wings due to predating Gen IV's gender differences. In Pokémon: I Choose You! and "This Could be the Start of Something Big!", her design is changed to have those black scales to confirm once and for all that she's indeed female.
    • Though one of the first alternate-colored Pokémon in the franchise, Pink Butterfree is not officially a Shiny Butterfree due to predating the concept. Shiny Butterfree has pink limbs and green eyes.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink Butterfree is female while Ash's Butterfree, whose colors are typical purple (close to blue), is male.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Prior to Gen IV's introduction of gender differences, Pink Butterfree is only identified as female because she's pink (and the fact that Ash's Butterfree tries to court her rather than the other way around). She'll eventually get the black oval scales on the bottom of her wings in the future, but still remain pink.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She is the Love Interest (and eventually mate) of Ash's Butterfree, and that's pretty much all there is to her. She is rarely seen without Ash's Butterfree by her side, and little else is known about Pink Butterfree's past such as whether she's a wild Pokémon or a recently released Pokémon since many trainers in the area released their own Butterfree.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She may have only physically appeared in two episodes of the entire Pokémon series featuring Ash, but she is the reason why Ash ends up releasing Butterfree back into the wild, and Butterfree's departure still heavily affects Ash to this day, especially when he encounters another Caterpie that also needs help.

    Jigglypuff (Purin)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (present)

A cute, pink, balloon-like Pokémon who becomes a recurring character up until the Hoenn arc, and later reappeared in the Sun & Moon arc. Desiring to sing its beautiful song, Jigglypuff randomly pops up now and again to attempt its dream. However, its power causes people to fall asleep, and oblivious to this side effect, Jigglypuff assumes its victims are uninterested in it, prompting it to get angry and use its marker pen/microphone to draw on their faces.

  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Has its face doodled on by Samson Oak's Komala in SM056, although Jigglypuff thought it was Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Though it's stated to be female in the Brazilian Portuguese dub, its gender is not made clear in the English or Japanese versions.
  • Angry Cheek Puff: Jigglypuff is a cute, pink, round Pokémon that tends to puff up like a balloon whenever it gets upset (with an audible "honk"), which is usually due to people falling asleep to its singing, as it's an Attention Whore and sees it as an insult, seemingly unaware that its singing causes Forced Sleep.
  • Attention Whore: It wants someone to listen to its song, and will go to any lengths to make itself heard. It also doesn't appreciate it when other members of its family or species are praised instead of it.
  • Badass Adorable: Proven when it gets its marker taken by the Clefairy. It took out at least six in a row with Pound and Double-Slap.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Misty attacks Jigglypuff in its debut episode, unaware it couldn't defend itself because it couldn't sing. After Misty apologizes and Ash and friends help it regain its voice, it finally sings for them, making it its goal to have them listen to its song without falling asleep.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Breakout Character: Jigglypuff are of little significance in the core games, yet this one became a recurring gag character. In turn, its popularity led to it featuring in every Super Smash Bros. entry and the stereotypical depiction of Jigglypuff. If you see a Jigglypuff holding a microphone, singing or even pouting after seeing a sleeping audience, it's most certainly inspired by this Jigglypuff.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Starts off as this in its debut episode, being unable to perform its main schtick, singing. Ash and co. help it regain its singing voice.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears for at least one episode in the Sun and Moon series when Ash and his classmates visit Kanto. It then is seen stowing away on the plane back to Alola...
  • Character Signature Song: "Jigglypuff! Jigglyyyyypuff!!"...zzzzz...
  • Character Tics: Puffing up whenever upset, with an audible "honk".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to a horde of Clefairy for stealing its microphone. With Double-Slap.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Jigglypuff ultimately fails to doodle on Komala's face and ends up being put to sleep by Komala's own Sing. And then Komala doodles Jigglypuff's face, which ends up amusing Jigglypuff enough to befriend the Drowsing Pokémon.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Thus far the only Pokémon (or living being... or much anything) that has managed to neutralize the otherwise unstoppable Bewear stalking Team Rocket.
  • Dramatic Irony: It never realizes that its singing lulls people into slumber. Because the first thing it does when finding someone is singing for them, it thus never realizes this or lets people explain it to Jigglypuff, and thus its Berserk Button is constantly pressed.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. After a while, Ash and his pals become terrified when Jigglypuff shows up, because they know exactly what it's about to do to them. Who knew such a Ridiculously Cute Critter could be scary when it realizes people have fallen asleep?
    • In "The Joy of Pokémon", Ash and his companions are looking for the Orange Islands Nurse Joy and Chansey in the ocean, Jigglypuff somehow makes it there too and before it utters a note Ash and his friends immediately paddle their kayaks away.
    • In its one appearance in Hoenn, Ash, Brock, and Pikachu all have "This Is Gonna Suck" reactions when they see it again and keep trying to warn May and Max that its presence is not as fun as it seems.
    • Team Rocket even more so, and they're the victims of Jigglypuff's singing slightly more often than Ash's gang.
    • When Jigglypuff re-appears in Sun and Moon, Ash's classmates from Alola get excited over it, while Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty recognize it and panic. It finally makes peace with Ash and co. in SM056, though, with Ash now being excited to see it again someday.
  • Face Doodling: Resorts to doing this to its sleeping victims whenever angered. It ends up on the receiving end of this by Komala in SM056, but it likes the doodles and finally makes peace with Ash and friends.
  • Failed a Spot Check: It doesn't seem to realize that people and Pokémon are simply incapable of staying awake when it sings and that they are not trying to insult it. It also frequently sings in situations where putting everyone to sleep would be extremely dangerous, and doesn't seem to realize this.
  • Goal in Life: It will stop at nothing to find a human or Pokémon that can listen to the entirety of its song without falling asleep.
  • Iconic Item: The marker it stole from Ash. It uses it as a microphone during its song, and to scribble on people's faces when it gets mad.
  • Imagine Spot: Early in their run as a recurring character, Jigglypuff would reimagine mundane platforms as professional stages for it to sing on.
  • Infinite Supplies: Its beloved marker never seems to run out of ink.
  • Long Bus Trip: There was a 13 year gap between its appearance in Hoenn, and its return in Sun and Moon, where it became a recurring character once again.
  • Instant Sedation: Its song can put anyone to sleep in a matter of seconds.
  • Recurring Character: Was a frequent Running Gag through Kanto to Johto in the original series. Later made one reappearance in Hoenn and had a long absence, though it has returned to making regular appearances in Alola.
  • Signature Move: Sing, of course. Jigglypuff uses it as a talent rather than an attack, though.
  • Spanner in the Works: Its random interruptions to sing at everyone sometimes come right at the climax of Team Rocket or another antagonists' schemes. One such accidental sabotage was the reason Ash and Misty ended up stranded on the Orange Islands.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Because of how Jigglypuff uses its Signature Move, it seems not to understand that people and Pokémon falling asleep when it sings is what is supposed to happen. So, in Dramatic Irony, it's constantly angered when they do fall asleep, and reacts by drawing on their faces.
  • Worthy Opponent: At first Jigglypuff is angry that Komala is a permanent sleeper, making the Drowsing Pokémon the ultimate mockery of Jigglypuff's singing career. But Jigglypuff is unable to to doodle on Komala's face because while it may be asleep, it is aware of Jigglypuff. Eventually, the Komala learns Sing and the two compete in a singing contest which ultimatly ends with Jigglypuff falling asleep and Komala doodling its face. Jigglypuff ends up parting ways with Komala on good terms because it finally meets its match.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: It never did find someone to stay with who could listen to its song all the way; the Whismur in its last appearance (whose Soundproof ability negated the effects of Sing) fell asleep from exhaustion. Naturally, it got cross and left, and wouldn't be seen again until Sun and Moon where it finally meet its match with Komala.

    Meowzie (Madonnya)
Voiced by: Masami Toyoshima

A female Meowth who Meowth fell in love with. His love for her inspired him to walk and speak like a human, but she ditches him for a Persian in the end.

  • Alpha Bitch: If Meowth's flashbacks and translating are to be trusted, she's condescending, uptight and crushingly snide.
  • Break the Haughty: Zigzagged. Getting thrown onto the streets took her down a peg, but she soon managed to leach off of other strays, and still looks down on Meowth.
  • The Cameo: Though she never reappeared in person, her likeness was used odd times in Meowth's Imagine Spots such as "Noodles Roamin Off".
  • Cats Are Mean: Her treatment of Meowth, the anime's key antagonist Pokémon, makes him look downright sympathetic.
  • Identical Stranger: In Journeys episode 95, Meowth falls in love with a female Meowth belonging to Butch that is almost identical to Meowzie, even invoking memories of her from him. While she is less callous than Meowzie, she follows the trend of being in love with a Persian, breaking Meowth's heart again.
  • Irony: She initially looked down on Meowth for being an average stray. While Meowth worked himself into being one of the most remarkable Pokémon in the series (and continues doing so), Meowzie got thrown out of her home and reduced to being a stray as she had called him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After she loses her pampered life, she seems to be humbled and asks Meowth to help her gang. When he doesn't play ball however, she makes clear her heart was with Persian the whole time and she continues to label him a freak.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After looking down on Meowth for being a stray, she is released into the streets by her bankrupt owner.
  • Loving a Shadow: It's clear that Meowth's love for Meowize is based on an idealized version of her doesn't really exist as Meowize only cares about a pampered life of riches and hates "freaks". And since Meowth is neither rich nor likes to be called a freak, it motivates him to join Team Rocket to both become highly privileged (hoping to be Giovanni's top cat) and accepted for who he is.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tries to sweet talk Meowth into helping her gang. When he doesn't play along, however, she cuts the act and regains her cruel attitude.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other Meowths in the series, she has distinguishing feminine eyes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She supplies heart crushing ones to Meowth in each meeting.
  • Riches to Rags: After her master became bankrupt, she was left to fend for herself, getting taken in by Meowth's old gang.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She appeared personally in only one episode, mostly via flashback. She is pretty much the entire pivot for Team Rocket's Meowth gaining human sapience, however.
  • Spoiled Brat: Meowth never figured she was more interested in being lavished by her owner than having a one-of-a-kind man.

    Lugia Family
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Silver)

A Lugia and its baby that resides near the Ogi Isle. The baby Lugia is nicknamed Silver by Oliver after the young Pokémon saved him from a storm. However, Dr. Namba and his two Rocket Agents, Cassidy and Butch, seek to capture the Legendary Pokémon for their nefarious experiment.

Gym Leaders


    As A Whole 
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Kanto Gym Leaders have unique designs and different Pokémon team set ups compared to the games, only appear once or twice before disappearing from the show, and have arbitrary rules that seem to be at the Gym Leader's personal whims. This is a stark contrast to future Gym Leaders who are dead ringers to their game counterparts, have much larger screen time in the series outside of Gym Battle, and have a standardized rules with only one or two gimmicks. This is far more prominent when some of the Kanto Gym Leaders return for Pokémon Journeys: The Series and their designs are changed to better reflect the games.
  • Long Bus Trip: The only Gym that was visited during the Battle Frontier saga (which was placed in Kanto instead of Hoenn note ) was the Pewter Gym. Misty did travel with the group at the beginning of the arc, but she parted ways just outside of Cerulean City. Journeys did bring back Vermilion's Gym (except with Surge's right hand acting in his stead) as well as Erika.
  • Leitmotif: Played with. Expectedly, an arrangement of the Red, Blue, and Yellow's gym battle theme is used in the anime, though is more directly linked to Determinator moments. As such though, it is still played during a few gym battles.
  • One-Shot Character: Lt. Surge and Koga only appear in their debut episodes, not counting any flashbacks in future series.
  • Out of Focus: In the anime, compared to several other mediums (most notably Pokémon Adventures, where several were even Team Rocket agents). Even the Johto Gym Leaders (most of them, anyway) didn't get it this bad.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Ash got his first two badges without actually battling for them, and was able to use Pikachu's electricity as a fail safe (he did battle Brock, but surrendered before he got the badge anyway for good sportsmanship). Lt. Surge's Raichu beat them badly, forcing them to improve their technique and truly earn their victories.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Unlike other Gym Leaders in future regions, the Kanto Gym Leaders take artistic liberties with the character designs rather than being a dead-ringer of their game counterparts. Lt. Surge has a tan and an open shirt, Sabrina's outfit is more school-like, Erika has blue hair and wears a garden outfit at the Gym rather than a kimono, Blaine's real look is based on his original design with a hippie aesthetic rather than the bald Mad Scientist from the games, and Giovanni wears an orange business suit rather than his black Rocket uniform. Even Brock and Misty aren't immune to this as their anime outfits are distinctly different from their game counterparts.

    Pewter Gym 

Forrest (Jiro)
Voiced in Japanese by: Romi Park
Voiced in English by: Andy Rannells (4Kids), Joanna Burns (current).
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza (Chronicles), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Advance Generation)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Blanca Rada (Series), Chelo Molina (Chronicles)

The oldest of Brock's siblings after Brock, Forrest is one of Pewter City's gym leaders, sharing the position with his parents. He finally becomes the sole official Gym Leader after passing a test posited by the PIA.

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Forrest's name alliterates with Flint's.
  • Ascended Extra: When he first appeared, Forrest was just one among many of Brock's young siblings, but since then he's stepped up as Brock's replacement as the Pewter Gym Leader.
  • Dishing Out Dirt : As the Pewter Gym Leader, he's a specialist in rock type Pokémon.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steelix is a Steel-type.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Per the rest of his family, he has the distinct squinty eyes.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Takes his role as Gym Leader seriously, much more than his parents and still more than his brother does
  • Took a Level in Badass: In his debut, he was a newbie Gym Leader who had to rely on his big brother's veteran Pokémon like Onix/Steelix. In a spin-off episode which first aired during Best Wishes, he gains a Rhyperior which puts up a damn good fight against a Nurse Joy's Latias.

Flint (Muno)
Voiced in Japanese by: Takaya Hashi
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis, Eric Stuart (4Kids), Rodger Parsons (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Martín Soto (Original Series), Alfonso Ramírez (Chronicles), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Advance Generation)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Lombardero (OG Series), Eduardo del Hoyo (Advance Generation), Miguel Ángel Montero (Chronicles)
Voiced in European French by: Jean-Marc Delhausse

Brock's father, who helped Ash's Pikachu to become stronger. He kept the Gym running while Brock was traveling until his second son Forrest took over.

  • Adapted Out: Pocket Monsters: The Animation Rewrites Brock's backstory to have it that Brock's siblings are all the result of his mother going through nine individual husbands, none of whom are indicated to be Flint.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Deconstructed. While Flint isn't evil nor cruel, he did leave his family to pursue his ambition of becoming a powerful Pokémon Trainer. Unfortunately, Flint isn't able to achieve this due to being well past his prime, and by the time he comes back, Lola already left the family while Brock is forced to take care of his ten younger siblings alone. Unfortunately, Flint was too ashamed to truly reconcile with Brock and lived afar until he gained the courage after Ash came along.
  • Brick Joke: His debut has him sitting on the outskirts of Pewter City in a Lotus Position. In the Chronicles episode showing Brock's return to Pewter City, he's back in the same spot again. He even has the same disguise!
  • Didn't Think This Through: As Flint learns the hard way in his backstory, having ambitions of becoming a Pokémon Trainer despite being past his prime, never mind fathering 11 children, isn't the best way to do it. Instead, all he gains is the shame of abandoning his children in the first place.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite both abandoning his family and returning to Pewter City years before Ash's arrival, he was too scared to approach the family and ask forgiveness, instead adopting a false identity and watching Brock labor in his absence from the sidelines.
  • Disappeared Dad: Who came back. While he's certainly proven himself a bit more responsible than his wife, she can still drag him along into irresponsibility. Most notable is when he's pulled along on vacation with her (taking Ludicolo to carry the bags), leaving Brock to clean up their mess.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rock-Type specialist. His Golem is proof of this.
  • Epic Fail: In a battle to decide the fate of the Pewter gym, Flint uses his Golem...on a battlefield that was a pool of water. Obviously, Lola didn't have to put too much effort into winning the battle...
  • Eyes Always Shut: Passed this on to all his kids.
  • Family Theme Naming: Flint's name shares the same Dishing Out Dirt Elemental Motif as his son Brock's.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Apparently, Brock takes his weakness for girls from him, although this was only shown around Lola.
  • Lovable Coward: When he reappears in Pokémon Chronicles, he's returned to hiding for the much cuter reason of having been driven out by his overwhelming Kiddie Kid wife.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, Muno, sounds similar to 無能 (munō) meaning inefficiency/incompetence. Not only did he abandon his family to act on his ambition of becoming a powerful Pokémon Trainer, but he failed to achieve it mainly due to being well past his prime. Afterward, he couldn't bring himself to go back to his family due to the shame and guilt of leaving them in the first place.
  • My Greatest Failure: Flint left to go on a trainer's journey but came home a failure. The shame of it was so bad he couldn't bring himself to finish going home, instead adopting a disguise and selling rocks on the outskirts of town while watching Brock and his siblings from afar. It takes Ash's arrival and determination to shake him out of it.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted: we also have Flint of the Sinnoh Elite Four.
  • Parents as People: A surprisingly good example - when he's not being neglectful or just plain stupid, he can actually be a thoughtful and loving father. For instance, according to Brock he's the one who gifted Brock his Onix on his son's tenth birthday - the two of them sat together on Onix's head to watch the sunrise, and Flint's Happy Birthday message made Brock feel it was the first time he truly had his father's recognition.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: with Lola, to the point that even their own children are creeped out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Underneath the knit cap and beard, Flint is just Brock with faded hair color and some wrinkles around the mouth. Better still, all of Brock's siblings have inherited their dad's face, too.

Lola (Mizuho)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyoudou
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis (4Kids), Annie Silver (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Patricia Acevedo (Chronicles), Gabriela Gómez (Advance Generation)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Alicia Sainz de la Maza (Series), Gemma Martín (Chronicles)

Brock's mother, who has attempted several times to turn the Gym into a Water-type Gym.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Despite being the mother of teenage Brock and nine other children, she looks like she could be in her early twenties at best.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: In the original Japanese version of Pokémon: The Original Series, both parents abandoned the family to Brock, but in the dub Brock's mother stuck with the family after Flint left and instead died from overwork.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Her number-one priority with the Pewter Gym: making it cute.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lola is an immature and flighty Kiddie Kid, but raises full-grown and fearsome Water-types like Blastoise, Gyarados, and Tentacruel.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The dub claimed she was dead, then she appeared later with nary an explanation or even a Hand Wave.
  • Dub Personality Change: The dub claimed that Lola died from heartbreak trying to keep the family together after Flint's absence, whereas the original Japanese version has her leaving the family after being sick of waiting for him. Possibly justified the change of personality was to prevent her from seeming heartless or neglectful and given how early the anime was at the time, the translators believe that she wouldn't make a physical appearance.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In Pocket Monsters: The Animation by Takeshi Shudō, Brock's backstory was almost entirely rewritten, and his siblings were all the result of his mother going through nine husbands trying to find a man to help keep the gym afloat. (Lola as a character did not exist until Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire).
  • It's All About Me: She does not take into consideration anyone else when she turns the Pewter Gym into a Water-type gym, against the wishes of her entire family, and Brock has to yell at her several times just to make her even realize he doesn't approve. And when she battles Flint, she declares that if she wins, all her kids have to become Water-type Pokémon users, just because she likes them.
  • Kiddie Kid: Despite being an adult woman who mothered ten children, Lola acts like a spoiled and flighty little girl, even wearing lots of pink and using the cute and unevolved Marill for one of her battling pokémon. Unfortunately, Flint being Flint, she gets her way easily and often.
  • Making a Splash: She specializes in Water-Types and has attempted several times to turn the Gym into a Water-Type Gym.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name, Mizuho, is written in katakana, but some variants of the name are written in kanji, sometimes including the specific kanji for water.
  • Missing Mom: Until she suddenly came back...with every intent of remodeling the Gym, against the wishes of pretty much her entire family.
  • Parents as People: She loves her children, but was clearly not fit to ever be a parent, as her mental state is too flighty and immature, causing her to become distracted with other things too easily, and doing things like leaving Brock in charge of his siblings without even considering the strain it would put on him.
  • Playful Cat Smile: A more subtle example, as only the corners of her upper lip curl upwards. It gives her more of a childish expression than specifically resembling a cat.
  • Punny Name: Her Japanese name, Mizuho—mizu is the most common pronunciation of the Japanese word for water.
  • Revision: In the Japanese version of Pokémon: The Original Series, Brock's mother abandoned the family as well, so Lola's belated appearance, years later, in Pokémon Chronicles was not technically in contradiction with previous events.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Lola was far enough out of the picture in Pokémon: The Original Series that the dub pronouncing Brock's mother dead wasn't an issue for years... and then she came roaring back from out of nowhere in Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Flint.
  • Signature Mon: She doesn't have much in the way of clear favorites, but it shouldn't go unnoticed that the first pokémon she uses in battle is Marill, a cute and unevolved pokémon that makes a good fit for a Kiddie Kid like Lola.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Or else she (and even her husband) would have already received a call from them a long time ago.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As a matter of fact, she doesn't look like her children at all, and she alone specializes in the Water-type.
  • Trouble Follows You Home: After all their toil and trouble in Pokémon: The Original Series, Brock parts ways with Ash and Misty and returns home, only to find his mother is back, has seized control of the gym, and has remade it in her own image.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Lola is the most feminine and most self-absorbed member of Brock's family.

    Cerulean Gym 

The Sensational Sisters (ハナダ水姉妹 Hanada Water Sisters)

A trio of Head Turning but Brainless Beauties in charge of Cerulean Gym who are less known for their battling than they are for their ballet—as a matter of fact, they are also Misty's big sisters, with whom she has a strained relationship.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Though Daisy is still recognized as the eldest, it's all but confirmed that the trio are triplets.
  • Ascended Extra: Misty's sisters, with their long and wavy hair, short dresses, and vanity, appear to be named examples of the generic Beauty trainer-class of Pokémon Red and Blue, or at least designed after them. Daisy's long blonde hair gives her the greatest resemblance. This may have influenced their appearance as bikini-beauties in Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
  • Big Sister Bully: Daisy, Violet, and Lily were openly disdainful of Misty in their debut and willing to exploit her for their own convenience in later episodes. According to Misty, they were worse when they were younger.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Sensational Sisters are blonde, bluenette, and pinkhead.
  • Brainless Beauty: The sisters are each a Head-Turning Beauty and The Ditz. The dub leans into this and even gives them a Valley Girl accent. Later appearances tone down the brainless element.
  • Canon Immigrant: Daisy, Violet, and Lily became Beauty-class trainers who can be fought at the Cerulean Gym in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Misty's sisters use color schemes that hover near the standard triadic color arrangements.
    • Daisy's blonde hair, Violet's blue, and Lily's pink hovers between a Cyan-Magenta-Yellow and a Red-Yellow-Blue color scheme.
    • Daisy's swimdress is red, Violet's is green, and Lily's is muted yellow (which is a common arrangement of adjacent colors), but Lily's also has a blue bow (which completes the positive color triangle of red-green-blue).
  • The Dividual: Misty's sisters were all nearly identical Brainless Beauty Big Sister Bully Flat Characters when they first appeared—at one point in their debut episode all three even burst into synchronous ditzy laughter—but Daisy underwent notable Divergent Character Evolution in return appearances and especially in Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Dub Personality Change: The Valley Girl element of their characters is added in the dub.
  • Family Theme Naming: In the original Japanese, Misty and her sisters all share Floral Theme Naming, while Misty's Japanese name Kasumi doubles as a highlight of her Making a Splash Elemental Motif. In the English dub, Misty's name loses the floral connotation, but this works out anyway, as it highlights her contrasting characterization.
  • It's All About Me: Misty's sisters show a willingness to exploit Misty for their own convenience, such as when they need her to be the mermaid in their water ballet, or when they dump the burden of managing the family gym in her lap so they can travel.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A trio of Head Turning Beauties introduced in a collective Walking Swimsuit Scene.
  • Professional Slacker: Misty's sisters are all gym leaders, but unlike Misty they have no interest in battle and neglect their duties as gym leaders in favor of water ballet. By the time Ash meets them, they're willing to simply give their gym badge away.
  • Proud Beauty: Each of them are a Head-Turning Beauty, and each of them sure damn well knows it.
  • Shipper on Deck: Albeit in the most teasing, backhanded way possible. In the Cerulean gym's debut, all three sisters instantly ask Ash if he's Misty's boyfriend.
  • Signature Mon: Seel and Dewgong; Dewgong's picture is plastered across the entrance of the Cerulean Gym and the sisters use the gym's Seel as a mascot who gives trainers the Cascade Badge. Having never used it in battle, the sisters were caught off guard when it turned out that it was actually quite powerful and then evolved into Dewgong to protect the Water-type Pokémon from Team Rocket's raid during the Magical Mermaid ballet.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Daisy, Violet, and Lily all have the same basic design elements (e.g., long wavy hair and short dresses) though they differ in some details. The only thing that the three of them and Misty have in common appearance-wise are their similar facial structures.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Misty is the tomboy to all three of her girly girl sisters, who pursue far more feminine things like water ballet and romance.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Misty's sisters are much more feminine than she is and likewise all the more vain. (Misty has a high-opinion of herself as well, but this is driven by the Inferiority Superiority Complex her sisters give her).

Daisy (Sakura)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (OG Series, first episodes), Rossy Aguirre (OG Series, EP 275), Circe Luna (OG series, EP 007 redub), Claudia Aline (Chronicles), Mildred Barrera (Advance Generation)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Carmen Cervantes (OG Series, first episodes), Felicidad Barrio (OG Series, EP 275), Olga Velasco (Chronicles), Beatriz Berciano (Advance Generation)

Misty's eldest sister. Got a large role in two of the Chronicles specials, proving surprisingly popular in the process.

Violet (Ayame) & Lily (Botan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Kawakami (Ayame), Yōko Asada (Botan)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Violet), Megan Hollingshead (Lily)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza (Violet)*, Christine Byrd (Lily)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Isabel Fernández Avanthay (Violet, first appearance), Ana Isabel Hernando (Violet, second appearance); Pilar Martín (Lily, first appearance), Isacha Mengíbar (Lily, second appearance)

The middle siblings in Misty's family. Share several tropes with Daisy (above).

  • Ballet: Violet is stated to be taking lessons in preparation for a stint as a model at the start of "A Date with Delcatty".
  • Big Sister Bully: Are this when we first meet them, though their bullying is with their words and positions rather than anything physical. Lily in particular, being the second youngest and thus the most eager to assert their superiority.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Violet" and "Lily".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lily is the Tomboy to Violet's Girly Girl, if their different approaches to preparing for modeling careers (Lily has taken up weightlifting, while Violet has taken up classical ballet) is anything to go by.
  • Town Girls: To Daisy's Neither, with Violet being the Femme and Lily being the Butch.

    Lt. Surge (Mathis)
Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Vásquez
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Luis Rovira

The Vermilion Gym Leader who specializes in Electric-types. A believer in the overwhelming power of evolution, Surge belittles any challenger who dares go into his Gym with unevolved Pokémon as "babies" and he doesn't hold back to prove it.

  • Adaptational Badass: Raichu is certainly powerful in Red and Blue, but it only knows Thunder Shock, Thunderbolt, and Growl, making it a total pushover if confronted with a Ground-type Pokémon. Here, Raichu knows Normal-type attacks such as Mega Punch, Mega Kick, Body Slam, and Take Down alongside its Electric-type moves. Fittingly, Yellow updated Raichu's moveset to better match the anime as well as making it a pain to defeat even with Ground-types.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original games, he was a genuinely patriotic, if somewhat boastful, Flavor 1 Eaglelander. Here, he's just a flat-out bully. Even his Yellow Version counterpart is comparatively more mellow than that.
  • Adapted Out: He doesn't have Voltorb or Pikachu like he does in Red and Blue and the remakes. Averted in Yellow where only Raichu is used (and beefed up).
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Pats Ash's head when he announces himself as the next gym challenger.
  • The Brute: Surge is practically the largest human in the anime; his fighting style with his Raichu also reflects this.
  • The Cameo: In Pokémon Journeys, over twenty years later, Ash visits the gym again for a PWC match. While Surge himself only appears in flashbacks due to being currently away, his subordinates tell Ash their gym battle has left quite the impression on their leader.
  • Catchphrase Insult: He loves calling his challengers "babies". When Ash and Pikachu finally defeat him and win a Thunder Badge, he congratulations them by saying, "Congratulations, Ash. You're no baby!"
  • Composite Character: In Visquez's flashback in Journeys, Surge has his HGSS look, but has his open vest with no shirt and doesn't have his sunglasses.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Retroactively. At the time of the episode's dubbing, Maddie Blaustein had not yet come out as transgender.
  • Defeat Means Respect: In Pokémon Journeys, this is apparently how Surge sees Ash nowadays. Surge's disciple and temporary gym leader, Visquez, says Ash's battle against Surge is an example to everyone at the Gym and Ash is considered a respectable opponent.
  • Did Not Think This Through: As a gym leader, you'd expect him to have some understanding of the mechanics of stone evolution, namely that once Pikachu evolves into Raichu its moveset is stunted.
  • The Dreaded: Ash's first taste of Lt. Surge's power? Seeing several trainers rushing their Pokémon to the Pokémon Center. And the culprit? One powerful Raichu. The only reason why Ash's Pikachu manage to overcome his fear of facing Lt. Surge is because he hears Surge mocking him for not evolving so soon.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Possibly, judging by his attitude towards strength and power.
  • Eagleland: Flavor 2. His new-earned respect for Ash (after defeating him) shows some Flavor 1, though - he's a bit of both with emphasis on the 2nd.
  • Graceful Loser: All Gym Leaders tend to be this in the anime, but even now Surge's attitude made him the most surprising of the bunch.
  • Gratuitous English: In the original Japanese.
  • Jerkass: Insults Ash and his Pikachu, calling them weak and worthless.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Ash defeats him, he gains respect for the former.
  • Large and in Charge: Is abnormally tall in the anime. Assuming his Raichu is drawn to scale (it's 2'07" according to the Pokédex), his height would be over eight feet. Some scales go to even being over ten feet tall.
  • Mighty Glacier: While his Raichu is incredibly strong, Ash and Pikachu also figure out that it evolved too quickly and didn't learn the speed attacks it only could have learned in its previous stage, letting Pikachu run rings around it with Agility.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lets off a "Goddamn!" in the Japanese version.
  • Put on the Bus: When Ash returns to Vermilion Gym in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, he learns that Lt. Surge is currently traveling the world and train himself to become a better Electric-type trainer. He left the care of the Gym to Visquez.
  • Shock and Awe: Raichu is Electric-type.
  • Signature Mon: Raichu, of course. Not only is Surge proud of its power, but he goes as far as using Raichu as his only Pokémon in Gym Battles, mainly because that's all he needs to send his challengers running their Pokémon back to the Pokémon Center. Many trainers like Visquez use Raichu in honor of his.
  • So Proud of You: How he feels about Ash and Pikachu managing to defeat him, out of the many challengers who couldn't.
    Lt. Surge: Congratulations, Ash. You're no baby!
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears no shirt under his open vest. The original anime game sprite and official art work had him drawn from an angle where the front of his torso wasn't visible. He keeps this in Journeys in Visquez's flashback even after he's been updated to his HGSS look.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Surge is remembered as the first Gym Leader who makes Ash work for his victory and doesn't just give him a badge for a good deed. The sheer intensity of Raichu's electric attacks demands that Ash strategize to defeat Surge.

    Sabrina (Natsume)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kae Araki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Dulce Guerrero, Mayra Arellano (her doll self)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Adelaida López

The Saffron Gym Leader who specializes in Psychic-types. A perfectionist who discovered her psychic abilities at a very early age, Sabrina unwittingly splits her personality into two distinct beings, a creepy doll that wants to have new people to play and an emotionless Gym Leader who rules Saffron Gym with an iron fist. Defeating her in a Gym Battle is near impossible... unless someone can break her cold demeanor with a little laughter.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From the games' blue/black hair to dark green.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: She wears a miniskirt with thigh high boots, whereas she wears regular clothes in the game.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the games, Sabrina is not at all malevolent and actually dislikes battling. Here, she has Split Personality issues, nearly trapped the group in her dollhouse for the rest of their lives and at the start of the episode nearly made Ash fall to his death.
  • Adapted Out: She doesn't have Mr. Mime or Venomoth from Red and Blue and the remakes, and her only Kadabra has not yet evolved into Alakazam.
  • The Baroness: Sabrina's anime incarnation has a forceful, militaristic element in her design that her original self from Pokémon Red and Blue does not and is vastly more cruel and unfeeling. The anime version also has more sex appeal, via her Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Creepy Doll: Her younger self looks like a doll, but is really the physical manifestation of the childhood she gave up when she discovered her psychic powers.
  • Creepy Monotone: In the English dub she doesn't emote.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She handily beats Ash's team with just her Kadabra.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or to explain it in episodes in which Ash faces her in battle: Defeat means being doomed to spend an eternity playing with her Split Personality doll. Defeating Sabrina, on the other hand, ends up redeeming her (though it was done unconventionally - due to her telepathic link with Kadabra, neither of them were able to continue battling after Haunter made her laugh and reignited the flame of her human soul).
  • The Dreaded: Sabrina's father makes it clear that trainers are better off not facing Sabrina due to her unstable split personality and psychic powers. Ash and his friends got traumatized by their experience in Saffron Gym that even when they got Haunter as their secret weapon, everyone except Ash wants to back out from a rematch.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite pulling a Heel–Face Turn, she's never punished for any of the evil she committed, likely because most writers and viewers don't think it right to punish someone for something their "evil side" did.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Part of her menacing demeanor.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her state of being until Haunter and Ash helped her reconnect with her humanity, causing a Split-Personality Merge.
  • Enfant Terrible: When she was a child, after developing psychic powers. She drove away her father, turned her mother into a doll, and became such a cold, emotionless perfectionist that even her childlike side split from her.
  • From Bad to Worse: The first time Ash loses to her, she shrinks him, along with Brock and Misty, and toys with them in her dollhouse. The second time, she turns Brock and Misty into dolls and stuffs them back in the dollhouse, just as small, but now unable to move, despite still being self-aware. She intends to do the same to Ash the third time, though Haunter prevents another loss.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She's an outright villain in her showcase episodes but when Haunter gives the slapstick comedy of a lifetime, she breaks her stoic behavior and becomes a normal person again, causing her split personality doll to disappear.
  • Invincible Villain: She is never actually beaten. She (actually, her dad) gives Ash the Marsh Badge because Haunter made her laugh and gave her back the human side that she lost years ago.
  • Knight of Cerebus: No mistake, Sabrina was the first antagonist to appear as a genuinely evil and dangerous threat to Ash and his friends. Telling is how it took three episodes for Ash to get a badge from her and even then it was the typical "gesture of thanks", when Pikachu still struggled to put a dent in Kadabra. Even Blaine - whose Pokémon are meant to be stronger than Sabrina's - was beaten fairly in only two episodes, and was not nearly as malevolent as Sabrina, who made Misty and Brock's souls stakes for Ash losing.
  • Obviously Evil: As several tropes listed above indicate. Friendly looking she is not...until she turns good, that is.
  • Psychic Powers: Yep. Not just simple spoon-bending, but teleportation and transmutation, as well.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Her split personality, manifested by a Creepy Doll.
  • Redemption Earns Life: In more than one way - Ash's determination to beat her not only turned her good, but essentially saved her soul as well.
  • Signature Mon: Abra which later evolves into Kadabra. She is psychically-linked to Kabadra, giving her the advantage to anticipate her opponent's attack and plan her counter attack instantaneously. And just like Kadabra, Sabrina is also associated with spoon bending.
  • Split Personality: The Creepy Doll she has in the anime is actually what Sabrina was like before she discovered her psychic powers (cheerful, smiling, and always wanting to play).
  • Spoon Bending: As a child, she practice her telepathic powers by bending spoons in her parents' house, much to her parents' dismay.

Click here to see Erika in Journeys
Voiced in Japanese by: Kyoko Hikami
Voiced in English by: Leah Applebaum (4Kids), Nathalie Gorham (Pokémon: I Choose You!), Lauren Landa (Journeys)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mariana Ortiz
Voiced in European Spanish by: Gloria Núñez (Series), Mayte Mira (Movie 20)

The Celadon Gym Leader who specializes in Grass-types. When she's not battling challengers, she sells perfume at a store made from essence gather from her greenhouse and Grass-type Pokémon. She doesn't take kindly to strangers insulting or stealing her perfume, whom she'll immediately ban from the places she works, including the Celadon Gym. She later returns in Pokémon Journeys: The Series where she hosts a Pokémon Flower Arrangement class with her Leafeon.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the original Japanese version, where Erika almost ends Ash's journey to the Pokémon League by banning him from the gym after he insulted her perfume. When he proves resilient about it, she submits to a battle and, after Ash saves Gloom, proves quite friendly (especially considering he got it in danger in the first place). In the English dub, it's her subordinates being too overzealous, and Erika herself says it's her duty as a Gym Leader to accept all challenges.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From black hair in the games to blue. Perhaps as a Mythology Gag, her disguise as a store owner does have black hair however. She also has black hair when she returns in Journeys in place of her blue hair.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Journeys, when she overhears Goh wanting to use flower arrangement to make Heracross fall in love with Pinsir, she initially acts like she did to Ash when he insulted her perfume, causing Goh to panic because he thinks he said something wrong. Then it turns out that Erika loves this idea and doesn't ban Goh from her place.
  • Berserk Button: Being very sensitive about perfume, talking about it in a negative manner is not only enough to earn her ire and violent dismissal, but also indirectly get banned from her Gym, as Ash had learned the hard way.
  • Breaking Lecture: Tries this with Ash during their Gym Battle by criticizing his "lack of compassion" towards his Pokémon, either to demoralise him or to teach him a lesson.
  • The Bus Came Back: A truly astounding example in terms of sheer length-of-absence. She makes her return in Pokemon Journeys in JN094, 1,153 episodes, and 25 real-world years since her debut appearance in the Original Series.
  • The Cameo: Appears briefly in the 20th movie battling Ash.
  • Canon Welding: She has a Leafeon in Journeys which she has only in Pokémon Masters and in her Sygna Suit at that.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Ash. She initially thinks Ash is callous due to hating perfume and his supposedly harsh treatment of his Pokémon. Then he risks his life to save her beloved Gloom.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently thinks that badmouthing her perfume shop is enough reason to ban challengers access to her Gym, or at least her staff do. She does accept Ash's direct challenge (and implies she has to), though, and give him the badge in gratitude for saving her Gloom's life.
  • Dub Personality Change: Originally she was the one who ordered Ash to be banned from the gym, in the dub this is changed to her banning him from her store without it ever stating if she had banned him from the gym or if it was just her subordinates.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Although anime Erika is infamous for having blue hair and a gardener's outfit, it only appeared in her debut appearance. In her subsequent appearances decades later, including the alternative movie continuity, she uses her modern game design.
  • Formal Characters Use Keigo: Her polite speech patterns in the Japanese version help reflect her status as a Yamato Nadeshiko.
  • Green Thumb: She specializes in Grass types.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: In her public appearances, she wears a kimono, representing her adherence to traditional beauty perfume and distaste for any youngster who disrespects it. She doesn't wear when she works in the Gym, opting for a simple gardener's outfit instead. In Journeys, Erika wears a kimono full time.
  • Long Bus Trip: With 1,153 episodes between her appearance in the Original Series and Pokemon Journeys, Erika now holds the record for longest absence between her first two appearances for human characters.
  • Retcanon: Reversed. Her appearances after her initial one in the original series make her more uniform in design to the video games.
  • Sensory Overload: Her main Pokémon is Gloom, which invokes this with its horrible smell. This poses a problem Ash, as said smell is bad enough to knock Pokémon out.
  • Shamed by a Mob: A bad example. While Ash was certainly rude insulting Erika's perfume, to have not only her, but her employees, Brock, Misty and Pikachu shaming him on it was certainly uncalled for and excessive.
  • Shipper on Deck: Upon learning that Goh chose Pinsir as his partner to help it to win Heracross's heart back, she becomes very supportive of them and wants to help them out.
  • Signature Mon: Gloom is her most well-known and favorite Pokémon, as Erika describes how Gloom once saved her from a Grimer when she was a child with its awful smell. Ash saving Gloom from the fire is what convinces her to give him the Rainbow Badge. Curiously, Gloom is nowhere to be seen when Erika returns in JN094, only appearing in flashbacks of EP026 with Leafeon serving as Erika's main Pokémon instead.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Actually fell victim to a rare instance, as the trio blasted her Gym on fire and stole her perfume (only an essence of it however, namely Gloom's, which they did not appreciate). Since Ash had indirectly helped them trying to get into the Gym, he took this badly.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the time of her return in JN094, she's become an all-out Nice Girl, giving Ash a warm welcome back and a genuine thank you for saving her gym when it caught on fire during EP026.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Banning Ash from her Gym leads to a chain of events where Team Rocket successfully steals her secret ingredient and burn down her Gym.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: The looks and the outfit are played straight but the rest is played with. Being a Gym Leader, she can't be the subtle, submissive type and instead of arranging flowers, she battles with them.

    Koga (Kyou)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hōchū Ōtsuka
Voiced in English by: Stan Hart
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enrique Cervantes (Original Series), Jorge Badillo (Best Wishes flashback)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Fernández Mejías (OG Series), César Martín (BW Series)

The Fuchsia Gym Leader who specializes in Poison-types. He is also Aya's older brother.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In a rare contrast to most of the other Kanto gym leaders, he's a lot more reasonable than his Torture Technician game counterpart, if still something of a trickster.
  • Adapted Out: An extreme case, as none of his Pokémon in Red and Blue and the remakes match his anime team. Averted/subverted when Yellow is considered, as he has a Venomoth that evolved from Venonat on-screen, and Golbat became a Canon Immigrant when in the Gen II games, his Elite Four team included Crobat.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Aya, his younger sister.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Venonat/Venomoth's is a giant gnat/moth.
  • The Cameo: Receives a very brief dubbed one in BW 116, during a flashback about Charizard's past.
  • Flight: Both Venomoth and Golbat.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Lampshaded by Misty.
    • Actually he called his younger sister Aya out on this. Though Koga's anime attire still wasn't particularly shady.
  • Poisonous Person: He specialises in Poison types.
  • Signature Mon: Subverted. Koga at first used Venomoth against Ash before their match was interrupted by Team Rocket. When they managed to resume their match outside in a courtyard, Koga inexplicably switched to Golbat despite Venomoth not being defeated yet, and Golbat's defeat was enough for Koga to declare Ash the victor. Yellow would later clarify that Koga's intended Signature Mon was meant to be Venomoth.

    Blaine (Katsura)
Blaine's "Hippie" disguise
Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiya Ueda
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Bardo Miranda
Voiced in European Spanish by: Luis Mas

The Cinnabar Gym Leader who specializes in Fire-types. Sick and tired of tourists coming to Cinnabar Island for vacations instead of battles, Blaine relocates his Gym in a secret location that can only be found through a series of riddles he gives out disguised as a hippie.

  • Adapted Out: One of the most extreme examples of all the Kanto Gym Leaders. None of the Pokémon in Red and Blue and the remakes match his anime team. In Yellow, the only Pokémon he has from the anime is Ninetales. In GSC and the remakes, the only Pokémon he has from the anime is Magmar.
  • Aim for the Horn: How Pikachu took down his Rhydon. Its in fact the Trope Namer.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Ash and company helped Blaine save the volcano from exploding due to Team Rocket's freezing it, he offered Ash something special. Ash thought Blaine was going to give him a Volcano Badge, to which Blaine Face Faulted. Instead, Blaine offered to give him a rematch for the Badge.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Has Rhydon, a Ground/Rock type, to go against Ash's Charizard.
  • Horn Attack: Rhydon's Horn Drill.
  • Mythology Gag: A subtle one with his disguise: take away his wig and balding hair, keep the glasses and paint the fake mustache white. You get videogame Blaine! Justified since his design had reportedly changed several times during the development of the games.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Blaine got sick of all the second-rate trainers who challenged the Cinnabar Gym when the island became a tourist trap, so he burned it to the ground. He now tests trainers with riddles to see if they're worthy of facing him. If they can solve the riddles, they get to face him.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Not another riddle!"
  • Playing with Fire: He specializes in Fire types.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name is Katsura, which can also mean wig or hairpiece. He's wearing a hippie wig, and the answer to his final riddle is wig, which is his way of saying he is the Gym Leader Katsura all along. Of course, this pun doesn't work in the English dub where his name was changed to Blaine.
  • Signature Mon: Magmar, of course. What other Fire-type Pokémon gets to rise out of the magma for its introduction, nearly sweeps Pikachu off the battlefield, and then becomes a Worthy Opponent to Ash's Charizard in the rematch? What's stranger is that despite the anime making Magmar Blaine's most iconic Pokémon on his team, his real signature Pokémon in the games is Arcanine, which never appears in here.
  • Stealth Mentor: Blaine revealed it is not only a gym leader's job to test battle competence, but their judgment as owners of Pokémon, stating gym leaders may indeed disqualify trainers if they push their Pokémon past the limit, such as when he already had Ash beat in their first battle when he had Magmar curbstomp Pikachu in a losing battle, he was waiting for Ash to throw in the towel and commended him for doing so.
  • Use Your Head: Magmar's Skull Bash.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Just like Lt. Surge, Blaine was by far the strongest Gym Leader Ash faced to that point. Even before he brought out Magmar, Blaine already had the upper hand as his Ninetales curb-stomped Squirtle and Charizard refused to battle. If Pikachu had somehow defeated Magmar, he likely would have lost to Ninetales.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Blaine's reaction when Ash thinks that Blaine's going to give him a Volcano Badge for stopping the volcano from exploding. Blaine actually gives Ash a rematch for the Badge.

    Giovanni (Sakaki) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (1st voice), Kenta Miyake (current)
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (1st voice, 4Kids; current voice), Craig Blair (2nd voice)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alejandro Villeli (Season 1-10, current), Humberto Solórzano (only in Season 11)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Ruperto Ares (Seasons 1-3), José Escobosa (Season 5 onwards), Roberto Encinas (AG Episode 002), Rafael Azcárraga (Special Mewtwo Returns)
Voiced in European French by: Patrick Descamps
The Viridian Gym Leader and secretly the crime boss of Team Rocket. He doesn't specialize in any particular type, opting instead to use the Gym as a testing ground for his most powerful Pokémon in his arsenal. Ash doesn't actually get to fight him, instead having to deal with his substitutes, the Team Rocket trio themselves.
Information about him is found in Pokémon: The Series — Team Rocket Organization.

Orange Islands

    Cissy (Atsumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Miki Nagasawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Torres
Voiced in European Spanish by: Sandra Jara

The Mikan Gym Leader. She gives out the Coral-Eye Badge to anyone who beats her in two water-based challenges.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Her little brother is downright obnoxious, and she's the only person who can keep him in line.
  • Making a Splash: She specializes in Water-types and requires all challenging trainers to use Water-type Pokémon. Naturally, her Blastoise and Seadra are Water-types.
  • Samus Is a Girl: "I was expecting a guy trainer".

    Danny (Dan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yasunori Matsumoto
Voiced in English by: Jim Malone
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yamil Atala
Voiced in European Spanish by: Jesús Maniega

The Naval Gym Leader. He gives out the Sea Ruby Badge if they can beat him in a challenge that is more of an extensive hiking trip up the mountain, followed by a bobsled race down to the bottom.

  • Action Bomb: His Electrode knows explosion.
  • Actually, I Am Him: he reveals himself as the Navel Island Gym Leader after accompanying Ash on a climb up a mountain enclosed on the grounds. Misty and Tracey said they figured it out when they took the lift to the top of the mountain and didn't find anybody there.
  • An Ice Person: His Nidoqueen knows Ice Beam.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Has a Scyther, a giant mantis.
  • Nice Guy: He's very supportive of Ash, giving him pointers on how to pass the trials needed to qualify for his own gym and warning him when he was about to break the rules.

    Rudy (Ziggy)
Voiced in Japanese by: Ryō Horikawa
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Víctor Ugarte
Voiced in European Spanish by: Pablo Sevilla

The Trovita Gym Leader. He gives out the Spike Shell Badge to anyone who defeats him in a 3-vs-3 match, provided they pass an aiming skill first and have the same elemental types as he does. He also has a crush on Misty after she saved his younger sister Mahri from a whirlpool.

    Luana (Ruriko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mami Koyama
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez
Voiced in European Spanish by: Gemma Martín

The Kumquat Gym Leader. She gives out the Jade Star Badge if they beat her in a Double Battle.

    Drake (Yuji)
Voiced in Japanese by: Koji Yusa
Voiced in English by: Scottie Ray
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yamil Atala
Voiced in European Spanish by: Alejandro Peyo García

Leader of the Orange Islands Gyms - and he proves it in Ash's longest-at-the-time fight (the first 6-on-6 ever seen in the show, to boot). His Dragonite as well, being the Pokémon that took on four members of Ash's team (including Charizard and Pikachu) and nearly winning.
Dragonite also has 10 moves, which exceeded the limit of anyone at the time before the anime started to enforce the move-limit. This was done on purpose by the writers to make it seem even more undefeatable.

  • The Ace: Besides being Ash's toughest challenge in the Orange League, Drake has a Dragonite that is simply a beast in battle. It uses 10 moves in a single match, breaking the limit of 4, just to show how unstoppable it is, and it's a powerful team-sweeper, wiping out Charizard, Squirtle, and Tauros in a row. The only reason why Dragonite finally lost to Pikachu is due to fatigue and Pikachu's determination.
  • Beam-O-War: His Gengar and Ash's Lapras get into one. It ends in a double knock-out, the first one in the series.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Drake, the esteemed Leader of the Orange Islands Gyms, has gained a reputation for being unbeatable in battles. It is said that numerous trainers have tried to challenge him, but none have succeeded in defeating him. However, this all changes when a young and determined trainer named Ash appears on the scene. Ash manages to do what no one else has ever done before - defeat Drake in a thrilling and unforgettable battle.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Onix knows Dig.
  • Ditto Fighter: In the first round of six-on-six battling, Drake's Ditto takes on Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu wins because it has more stamina. It is implied that many trainers who faced Drake in the past lost to his Ditto alone from being unable to defeat a copy of their own Pokemon.
    Ash: They can copy Pikachu, but there's nothing like the real thing!
  • Energy Weapon: Dragonite's Hyper Beam.
  • Expy: Rather obviously based on Lance of the Elite Four.
  • Meaningful Name: Drake is another word to describe a dragon, which is appropriate since his signature Pokemon is a Dragonite.
  • Shock and Awe: Electabuzz is an Electric-type.
  • Signature Mon: Dragonite is Drake's most powerful Pokémon and Pummelo Island makes that crystal clear with stone statues of Dragonite featured across the island. Because of this, Dragonite is only used when Drake's other Pokémon fell, and forces Ash to earn his victory in his first Full Battle match.
  • Soul Power: Gengar knows the Ghost-type attack Night Shade.
  • Victory Is Boring: When introduced, he's become tired of his own invincibility and that no challenger has ever beaten him since his ascension. So you can imagine that when Ash defeats him, he gracefully praises the young trainer on his victory.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Ash's Pikachu was only to defeat Drake insanely powerful Dragonite after it had already battled his Charizard, Squirtle, Tauros in a row and was visibly exhausted.


    Falkner (Hayato)
Voiced in Japanese by: Akira Ishida
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza
Voiced in European Spanish by: Pablo Sevilla

The Violet Gym Leader who specializes in Flying-types. Self-righteous and arrogant, Falkner prefers a Gym Battle that would allow him to show off his Flying-type Pokémon, and hates dealing with his opponents who have an Electric-type Pokémon on hand.

  • Adaptational Badass: As the first Gym Leader in the games, he was a real pushover (infamously he is the only Gym Leader who sports a team still in the single digits). Here he boasts an exceptional team that made Ash sweat to win his victory. His Pidgeot was actually winning against Charizard until Ash figured out its attack patterns.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He first appears on a hang-glider, rescues Pikachu, and blasts off Team Rocket. Then introductions are made.
  • Break the Haughty: Ash's victory is implied to have humbled him somewhat.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: His Dodrio knows Tri Attack, which can either burn, freeze, or paralyze its opponent.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final part of his match with Ash, his Pidgeot had Charizard outclassed in terms of speed. It moved too fast for Charizard to be able to counterattack...but it kept using the same attack pattern. That helped Ash figure it out, and when he had Charizard trap Pidgeot with a Fire Spin, it was all over.
  • Hypocrite: He states how he hates the consensus that Flying types would always lose to Electric types due to a type disadvantage...and then subsequently patronizes Ash for using Chikorita, for no reason besides her type disadvantage. He backed it up, but it was still an egotistical thing to do, and was followed by Laser-Guided Karma (below).
  • In a Single Bound: His Dodrio is a very good jumper.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Ash beat him using the old "attack where he's going" shtick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's boastful of the superiority of his chosen Pokémon type and self-righteous about his methods, but he's good at heart and even went out of his way to save Pikachu with no personal gain involved. He also gracefully accepted his defeat.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After boasting of the strength of his Flying types, his Hoothoot takes out Ash's Chikorita easily; following that, his first two Pokémon are both defeated by Pikachu.
  • Multiple Head Case: One of his Pokémon is the three-headed Dodrio.
  • Signature Mon: Pidgeot. Not only is Pidgeot a necessary upgrade to Falkner's game team (only consisted of Pidgey and Pidgeotto), but it's also going against Ash's Charizard, who was already making Ash's challenges way too easy. Naturally, Falkner needs an iconic Pokémon on his team that could fight a seasoned Pokémon.

    Bugsy (Tsukushi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiromi Ishikawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: María Fernanda Morales
Voiced in European Spanish by: Amelia Jara

The Azalea Gym Leader who specializes in Bug-types. Though his Bug-type Pokémon have a weakness to fire, he is a master of using the environment of his battlefield to his advantage, which just so happens to be a greenhouse forest, the perfect habitat of Bug-types.

  • Achilles' Heel: His Scyther can use Swords Dance to create the perfect shield from Fire type attacks, except those coming from directly above, which Ash exploits to defeat him.
  • Adapted Out: His Kakuna in the games is replaced by a Spinarak in the anime.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: As Falkner, Bugsy boasts about his Pokémon specialty's superiority.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: He raises Bug type Pokémon, bigger than normal bugs.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Bugsy is shocked when Ash exploits the vulnerability resulting from Scyther's use of Swords Dance.
  • Signature Mon: Scyther is Bugsy's final and toughest Pokémon, and featured alongside Bugsy in the openings, though this is not a hard feat considering that Bugsy's other Pokémon are Spinarak and Metapod.

    Whitney (Akane)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Miyamura
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Liliana Barba
Voiced in European Spanish by: Cristina Yuste

The Goldenrod Gym Leader who specializes in cute Normal-types. Though she appears to be a ditzy yet charming lady who has a habit of getting lost in Goldenrod City, Whitney is not to be underestimated at all... especially when she brings out her Miltank out.

  • The Ace: Not only did Miltank sweep Ash's entire team, but Whitney deems defeating her Miltank in a practice session on her farm to be good enough for Ash to get a Plain Badge, with no need to face her Clefairy or Nidorina. Yeah, her Miltank is that powerful.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the games, Whitney was even more insufferable due to throwing a tantrum and initially refusing to give you a badge when you defeated her. Here, she's a Graceful Loser and willingly gives Ash the Plain Badge.
  • Ascended Meme: Rarely was there ever a player who didn't get through her Clefairy on the first try, only to have their entire team clobbered by Miltank. Guess what happened to Ash the first time he battled her?
  • Badass Adorable: A cute, ditzy girl who is also one tough gym leader.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She seems silly and playful, and her Nidorina and Clefairy go down quickly, but she's still the only Johto Gym Leader who Ash ever actually lost against in an official battle (his first battle with Pryce was unofficial and his first bout with Clair was interrupted by Team Rocket's thievery, so it doesn't technically count despite her having the edge).
  • Didn't Think This Through: Reuses her "have Miltank spam Rollout" strategy in her rematch, not realizing Ash would come up with a counter strategy.
  • It Only Works Once: Her "Miltank uses Rollout over and over again" strategy doesn't work as well in the rematch because Ash, inspired by Team Rocket's barrel-bot battle, comes up with a counter strategy to beat Miltank.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Good God, Miltank. She's just as bad in the anime as she is in the games, effortlessly sweeping Ash's entire team without breaking a sweat. Part of the reason why she's so formidable is her unmatched speed combined with raw power of Rollout. The only way for Ash to defeat the Milk Cow Pokémon is having his Pokémon dig a trench to slow down Miltank's Rollout speed so they can have an easy window to attack.
  • Nice Girl: She's a bit a ditz, but she's a real sweetheart, and even though her second match with Ash had taken place outside the Gym, Whitney still accepted her defeat as official and awarded Ash the Plain Badge.
  • Non-Elemental: Clefairy and Miltank. Clefairy would become a Fairy type later.
  • No Sense of Direction: Gets lost in her own home town.
  • Poisonous Person: Despite being a Normal-type Gym Leader, Whitney has Nidorina on her team, which is pure Poison-type.
  • Signature Mon: Miltank, who else? A notorious team sweeper like Miltank is sure going to make Whitney memorable in the anime, to the point Whitney only uses Miltank in Ash's "unofficial" rematch. Naturally, whenever Whitney is show in Pokémon openings or flashbacks, her Miltank is always there beside her.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The only Johto Gym Leader to defeat Ash in an official battle.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Whitney's strategy with Miltank boils down to using Rollout again and again. While this does let her beat Ash in the first Gym Battle, in the rematch Ash is able to come up with a strategy to beat Miltank.

    Morty (Matsuba)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masaya Matsukaze
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Mercado Jr. (Season 3), Rolando de la Fuente (Season 5)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza

The Ecruteak Gym Leader who specializes in Ghost-types. A calm and collected man who studies the legends in Ecruteak City and communicates with the Ghost-types in Burned Tower, Morty relies on his Pokémon's illusions and tricky to maintain the advantage in the battlefield. He is also close friends with Eusine, who is also studying the Ecurteak legends to find Suicune.

  • The Bus Came Back: Returned in "For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll".
  • Psychic Powers: Gastly's Confusion and Haunter's Hypnosis.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He has little reason to believe that Ash truly saw Ho-Oh (a Pokémon last seen three centuries ago), but he doesn't completely dismiss the notion and later, impressed by Ash's victory and "spirit", he concedes his challenger may indeed have seen Ho-Oh. He's also quite forgiving of their disturbing the Pokémon that live at the Burned Tower.
  • Recurring Character: He even gets one guest appearance in the "Master Quest" season.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm blue to his friend Eusine's hot-blooded red, especially when it comes to skepticism to Ash's claim that he saw a Ho-Oh.
  • Signature Mon: He only has the Gastly line on his team, and thus Gengar is his most powerful and iconic Pokémon of the bunch, serving as the final boss to Ash's Noctowl.
  • Soul Power: He uses Ghost type Pokémon.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Though unlike most examples, Morty mastered this through practice rather than inherent talent.
  • Squishy Wizard: Ghost Pokémon know plenty of cunning tricks, and Morty uses every one of them in his match with Ash. Unfortunately, like most Ghosts, Morty's Pokemon can't take much punishment. Once Ash figures out how to hit Morty's Pokemon, they go straight down.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't show an excess of emotion and mostly expresses himself with controlled smiles or frowns.

    Chuck (Shijima)
Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuaki Kakuda (original series), Takahiro Fujiwara (Journeys)
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Alfonso Padilla (original series), Víctor Manuel Espinoza (Journeys)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Iñaki Crespo

The Cianwood Gym Leader who specializes in Fighting-types. A master fighter and family man who personally trains alongside his Pokémon, Chuck is full of energy optimism and excitement... provided he doesn't tire out from the workout. He later appears in Pokémon Journeys: The Series having a spar match with Stow-on-Side Gym Leader Bea.

  • Adapted Out: Chuck's Primeape in the games was replaced by a Machoke in the anime.
  • Badass Normal: He can fight and train with his own Pokémon, but he's also...
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Thus, he's let himself go, tiring easily and having put on a little weight.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Centre: Chuck and his Machoke not only embody this trope, they're proud of it.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns from a '''LONG''' bus trip and reappears in Journeys Episode #39.
  • Catchphrase: He constantly tells his Pokemon to "focus their energy" and not give up when they're weakening.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He gets teased about his weight and tendency to tire out from his own wife despite being a famous teacher and Gym Leader.
  • Hot-Blooded: Likely one of the most hot-blooded Gym Leaders in the entire series.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: The way the hair on the back of his head sticks up.
  • Long Bus Trip: With 915 episodes between his appearance in the Original Series and Pokemon Journeys, Second to Erika in record for longest absence between appearances for human characters.
  • Making a Splash: Poliwrath is a Water-type.
  • The Mentor: Has many students, the most notable two we know of being Brawly the Gym Leader of Dewford Town (in Hoenn) and Bea.
  • Signature Mon: Poliwrath by virtue of being Chuck's only recurring Pokémon despite Machoke being his last Pokémon used in the Gym Battle against Ash. As well as being Chuck's only Pokémon actually adapted from the games.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He goes shirtless All the damn time!

    Jasmine (Mikan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Kakazu
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (4Kids), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Ugarte
Voiced in European Spanish by: Conchi López (OG Series, first appearance), Pepa Castro (OG Series, second appearance), María Blanco (DP Series)

The Olivine Gym Leader who specializes in Steel-types. She first appears as a shy and kind girl more preoccupied of caring for her sick Ampharos, forcing Ash to face Chuck first instead. But when Ash finally returns to face Jasmine at her Gym, Jasmine's personality changes dramatically, becoming a confident and aggressive battler favoring all-out-offense. Jasmine later returns in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl to study Contest Battles.

  • Adapted Out: Sort of. She only uses one Magnemite in the anime, rather than two as in the games.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, she's really shy and has trouble speaking. In the episode "Nerves of Steelix" of the anime, she jumps off from a cliff straight onto her Steelix's head, and doesn't even show a scratch. She's also a very aggresive Pokémon trainer, something you would never think of when playing the games. She's still a nice, cute girl outside of battle, though.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute, gentle girl, but don't let that fool you. She doesn't hesitate to try and wipe out Ash's Pokémon party with her almighty Steelix. And even that of Flint from the Sinnoh Elite Four.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For once, Team Rocket succesfully kidnap Ash's Pikachu near Olivine City, and Ash can't do anything about it. Seems like Jessie, James and Meowth are being thrown a bone after all these episodes, right? Wrong! Suddenly, a Steelix appears out of nowhere to stop these guys on their feet. Right after that, Jasmine joins in by making a jump that would destroy any normal person's legs and orders Steelix to send Team Rocket flying with an overpowered Iron Tail attack. Ash gets Pikachu back and thanks Jasmine, who reminds him there's a heated battle awaiting both of them back at the gym.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a one-episode appearance in the "Diamond and Pearl" series.
  • Characterization Marches On: Was a borderline Shrinking Violet in her first episode. When she reappears, she's clearly taken a level in confidence and is more headstrong than before. Justified in that her Ampharos was terribly sick at first, leaving her concerned for its safety above all else.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She trains Steel types.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: It's implied In-Universe that a chunk of the trainer community sees her as a good-looking gym leader, because she's nicknamed as "the fighting beauty" or something along those lines. Apart from the alias, no one ever comments on her beauty, though (besides Brock, that is).
  • Hot-Blooded: Depending on the situation. She's calm and polite most of the time, but when it comes to a Pokémon battle, it's like someone put her on flames. She seems a totally different person.
  • Made of Iron: She seems unfazed when she jumps on top of her Steelix's hard head from a cliff. But what did you expect? Her specialty is Steel types.
  • The Mentor: To Janina and she's confirmed to have other apprentices though they never appear.
  • Parrot Pet Position: When she debuts, her Magnemite is perched on her shoulder but is never seen doing this in her later appearances.
  • Recurring Character: She appeared multiple times in Johto, and even had a guest appearance in Sinnoh (to correspond with her cameo in the games).
  • Shock and Awe: Her Steel-type Magnemite is also an Electric-type.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with. She only acts hesitant and reserved when her Ampharos is sick (that is, in the episode "Fight for the Light"). In the other episodes, she's surprisingly outgoing and even aggresive when it comes to Pokémon battles.
  • Signature Headgear: She wears a pair of cute, spiked pigtails pointing upward. Always pointing upward, no matter the pose or situation. She uses orange orbs to set them in place. These orbs being orange is no coincidence: Jasmine's name in Japanese is Mikan, which means "orange".
  • Signature Mon: Steelix is her main Pokémon, which she uses in her Gym Battle against Ash and later in a friendly battle against Elite Four Member Flint in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Puns aside, she's an elegant Girly Girl with the willpower to slaughter any Pokémon trainer she comes across. Even if they're supposed to be stronger than her (Flint from Sinnoh's Elite 4).

    Pryce (Yanagi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Motomu Kiyokawa
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: César Arias
Voiced in European Spanish by: Julio Núñez, Eduardo del Hoyo (as a young man)

The Mahogany Gym Leader who specializes in Ice-types. As known as "Icy Pryce", Pryce became cynical about friendship between trainers and Pokémon after his Piloswine seemingly abandoned him when they got severely burned by Magmar. However, when he and Ash falls into a crevice, Pryce ends up finding his beloved Piloswine frozen in ice — with special herbs in its mouth to heal the burns — which causes the old man's frozen heart to finally thaw.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the games, he's a perfectly pleasant and decent man. Here, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Cool Old Guy: Once he mellows out a little.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He was a cold trainer due to his Freudian Excuse, but once he reunites with his Piloswine, he mellows out.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Piloswine is a Ground-Type.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly in "Rage of Innocence" before having his full introduction in the following episode.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a boy, he loved Pokémon dearly and was a skilled trainer. One day, he and Piloswine faced a tough Magmar, and Pryce's attempt to keep his friend from getting hurt only resulted in both of them being badly burned. While he was recovering, Piloswine up and left and never returned, leading Pryce to believe it had abandoned him for losing and subsequently hardening his heart towards Pokémon. Only after meeting Ash was it revealed that Piloswine had actually gone to get special herbs for healing burns, but ended up frozen in ice for years, leading to Pryce's My God, What Have I Done? realization.
  • Human Popsicle: His Piloswine was frozen for decades in a block of ice.
  • An Ice Person: He specializes in Ice-Type Pokémon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even in his "hating Pokémon" period, his softer side wasn't gone, just...buried, way deep down.
  • Signature Mon: Piloswine was his main Pokémon partner until it disappeared years ago, causing Pryce to believe it abandoned him for losing and thus hardening his heart. Once he learns that Piloswine was actually frozen in ice attempt to return home, Pryce realizes his mistake and the two reconcile. Piloswine thus returns as Pryce's final Pokémon in the Gym Battle against Ash, and even forfeits the battle once he notices Piloswine tiring out.
  • Tender Tears: When he realizes that he was wrong about Piloswine, and again when Piloswine recognizes him despite his changed appearance.
  • Use Your Head: Dewgong's Skull Bash.

    Clair (Ibuki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead (4Kids), Eva Christensen (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Liliana Barba (Original Series), Maggie Vera (Best Wishes)
Voiced in European Spanish by: María Antonia Rodríguez

The Blackthorn Gym Leader who specializes in Dragon-types. A well-renowned Dragon trainer who once mentored Lance of the Indigo Elite Four, Clair proves to be the most challenging of the Johto Gym Leaders, so much so that Ash has to call upon his reserved powerhouses to even stand a chance against her might. She later appears in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, serving as a role model and mentor to Ash's new friend, Iris.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In her first episode, she refused to do anything (including perform the tri-annual ritual required of her) while her Dratini was shedding. It actually turned out to be in the process of evolving.
  • The Ace: The best of the best in Johto Gym Leaders, and arguably the most powerful trainer Ash faced up to that point aside from Prima. She's shown to be too strong for Ash's normal team, and he has to call in some of his most powerful 11th-Hour Ranger Pokemon to stand a chance.
    • She also wins decisively in a much later episode where Iris visits Blackthorn City and challenges her to a match.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Her anime personality is far nicer than her game one, complimenting Ash during their battle and congratulating him after he beats her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns for a guest appearance in BW136, and battles Iris at the end of the Best Wishes! Saga. Interestingly, she is the first Gym Leader guest character to return and have met with all different traveling companions of Ash because Brock is no longer a main companion after the end of Diamond and Pearl.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She has a five-episode arc.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Ash's first match with Clair, he used his regular team. Although Team Rocket interrupted the match, it was clearly heading this way in Clair's favor. When they had a rematch, Ash had to change up his team and bring in some of his best 11th-Hour Ranger Pokemon to have any hope of winning. Even then, he only won through some very creative tactics.
    • She inflicts this on Iris in their match much later in the series, but she commends Iris for the latter's skill and dedication.
  • Energy Weapon: Gyarados, Dragonair's and Kindgra's Hyper Beam.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Dragonair's Iron Tail.
  • Making a Splash: Kingdra & Gyarados are water-types and Dragonair's Rain Dance causes raining.
  • Palette Swap: Her Druddigon is shiny.
  • Shock and Awe: Dragonair's Thunder Wave.
  • Signature Mon: Her Dratini, which then evolved into Dragonair after Clair protect it from Team Rocket. Dragonair is the last Pokémon Clair sends out in the Gym Battle against Ash, and it proves to be a formidable foe by taking Pikachu out with ease, requiring Charizard to finish the job. Clair is regularly seen with Dragonair by her side in fantasies and Pokémon openings, though strangely absent when Clair returns in Black & White.note 

Indigo League

    Lorelei (Kanna)/Prima

Voiced in Japanese by: Maria Kawamura
Voiced in English by: Jessica Calvello
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Willert
Voiced in European Spanish by: Olga Cano

A member of the Indigo League Elite Four. Famed in the world as a master of Water-types and Ice-types, Lorelei visits the Mandarin Island South on her sabbaticals to train there and give lectures to new trainers.

    Bruno (Shiba)
Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo
Voiced in European Spanish by: Miguel Ángel Montero

A famed member of the Indigo League Elite Four, idolized by Ash and Brock for his Fighting-type (and Rock-type) specialization. When the two heard that Bruno is at Mt. Hideaway near Pallet Town, Ash and Brock head there in the hopes of learning his secret techniques of being a great Pokémon trainer. Bruno doesn't really give them actual advice at first, making his reputation somewhat suspect... but then he demonstrates why he's an Elite Four member in the first place.

  • Badass Normal: Doesn't even use a single Pokémon to stop a giant rampaging fact, we only see one of his other Pokémon, Hitmonchan, for about five seconds early into the episode.
  • Broken Pedestal: A subversion, after Ash and Brock begged Bruno to take them as students Bruno agreed to it as long as they do what he says. However to Bruno it was a rather transparent plot to get Ash and Brock to do some chores for him in which he inevitably admitted to that. Brock tried to do a sneak attack on Bruno in which Brock almost knocked Bruno out and over the course of the episode Misty suspects that Bruno is a phony. However Bruno definitely proves how powerful he is while giving them a lesson in The Power of Friendship while taming a wild Onix and quickly becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal instead.
  • The Cameo: Bruno appears in the very first episode as the trainer of the Nidorino in the match Ash is watching on TV.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength and agility does slightly border on being superhuman.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Onix is Rock-type.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Is the only Elite Four member mentioned here in this page whom Ash got to meet before he went through the Indigo League.
  • Gentle Giant: Large as he may be, he is quite gentle and prefers to use friendship to calm a rampaging Onix than doing a straight up battle.
  • Humble Hero: Who would have thought one of the Elite Four could be this down-to-Earth?
  • Manly Man: A shirtless, badass, muscular martial artist and an Elite Four trainer. Ash and Brock wanted to become his students because of this.
  • Signature Mon: He is greatly associated with Onix, despite being an Elite Four that specializes Fighting-types.
  • Shock and Awe: His Hitmonchan knows Thunderpunch.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted. Brock thinks he was doing special training by doing Burno's chores but in reality, Bruno really wants his chores done and has no special training in mind.

    Lance (Wataru)
Voiced in Japanese by: Susumu Chiba
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enzo Fortuny (Original Series), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Advance Generation Episode 98), Víctor Ugarte (Advance Generation Episode 97 and Journeys)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Jorge Saudinós (OG Series), Miguel Ángel Garzón (AG Series), Juan Amador Pulido (Journeys Series)

The Champion of the Kanto and Johto regions, and a member of the Indigo League Elite Four. He specializes in Dragon-types, having been trained by Clair in the Johto region. That's his public life. In private, he is a member of the secret intelligence service known as the Pokémon G-Men, whose goal is to investigate and arrest anyone suspected of using and mistreating Pokémon for malicious purposes.

  • The Ace: Has about the highest number of high-prestige titles attributed to out of any character so far, being the Champion, one of the Elite Four, a member of the Pokémon G-Men, the Pokémon World Tournament winner, and a finalist of the World Coronation Series. He was also called "a great Pokémon Master", a title stated to be above Champion. Even after his loss to Leon, he is still in the Masters Eight as of JN109.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Lance relies on brute force in battles, believing that the best defense is a good offense.
  • Blow You Away: Dragonite's Whirlwind.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a return in the 2019 series to have a match with Leon in Galar, after last appearing over 700 episodes ago.
  • Energy Weapon: Dragonite and Gyarados' Hyper Beam.
  • Fauxshadow: He's repeatedly hinted throughout Journeys to be one of Ash's future opponents in the Master Class, with his battle against Leon establishing the World Coronation Series and Lance appearing in several fantasy sequences that tease Ash's upcoming opponents. Paul also battles Ash in JN114 with a Gyarados that specifically mirrors Lance's. However, he ultimately ends up losing to Diantha on the opposite end of the bracket, making him the only Champion that Ash has never battled.
  • Flanderization: While his battle style from JN012 was power-oriented in nature, he was still tactical in his choice of moves against Leon and willing to go on the defensive when necessary. Come his battle with Diantha in the next season, he's unwilling to engage in any strategy beyond spamming brute force attacks, a mindset that does not fare well against Diantha.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In JN012, he was well prepared for Hyper Beam's recharge drawback and had Gyarados use the battlefield to block attacks while immobile. Unfortunately for him, he never thinks to use this strategy against Diantha in the Masters Tournament, which ultimately costs him the battle.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Essentially this during both of his two-parter appearances.
  • Graceful Loser: Like in the games, he's not angry at losing to Leon, but instead happy to see the rise of a new champion.
  • An Ice Person: His Gyarados is revealed to have learned Ice Fang when he returns in Journeys.
  • The Leader: He's both a member of the Elite Four and Champion. Additionally, he's a member of the Pokémon G-Men.
  • Making a Splash: He catches and trains the Water-type Red Gyarados.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Dragon-trainer who is also a Secret Police agent in the anime.
  • Oneshot Character: The only member of the Kanto Elite Four to avert this, appearing in multiple episodes.
  • Recurring Character: Unlike the other Elite Four members mentioned here he actually appeared in more than one episode (granted his episodes are far apart, but still).
  • Series Continuity Error: His return episode in Journeys only calls him a member of the Elite Four, despite him having been established him as a Champion as early as the original series. When the Masters Eight is revealed in JN109, he's referred to as a Champion again. In JN115, he's referred to as the new Champion of Kanto and Johto.
  • Signature Mon: While he still owns a Dragonite, his Red Gyarados gets more attention here, and by Journeys, has become his de facto ace, being featured in his battle Leon, appearing alongside Lance in all promotional material for the Masters Tournament, along with a Gyarados being used in Paul's new team alongside a Metagross and a Garchomp, two other Champions' aces.
  • Shock and Awe: Dragonite's Thunder Wave.
  • The Unfought: As of the end of Journeys, he's the only champion, and the only member of the Masters Eight, that Ash hasn't fought in any capacity.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • He and Gyarados put up an incredible fight against Leon's Charizard at the World Coronation Series, but ultimately lost to Galar's Champion.
    • Implied to happen offscreen between JN012 and JN109. At the end of the previous WCS series, he was ranked 2nd. When the final Masters Eight lineup for the following season is revealed, he's in 4th place, with Cynthia and Steven in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
    • He loses again to Diantha in the first round of the Masters Tournament.

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Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Anime Original Series, Pokemon The Original Series Cast, Pokemon The Original Series Gym Leaders