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    Misty (Kasumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mayumi Iizuka
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Xóchitl Ugarte
Voiced in European French by: Fanny Roy, Anouck Hautbois (Movie Pokémon 4Ever), Nancy Philippot (Episode 19 from Season 16)

The youngest of four sisters, she hasn't been blessed with her sisters' looks or charisma (at least, in the opinion of her sisters). However, she got all of the talent at battling and being snarky. Originally rather temperamental with a crush on Ash that she covered with strong Tsundere tendencies; after acquiring Togepi - an infant Pokémon requiring a great deal of care - she calmed down considerably. At the end of Johto, she became her city's Gym Leader, but she has still occasionally reunited with Ash since then. An aspiring Water Master.

Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:

  • Action Girl: Played with. The creators state that Misty was intended to look fairly inexperienced, despite her bluster. In the show itself, however, while she is often more of a novice than she'll admit, she is usually reasonably capable.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the games, the player doesn't see her until he gets to Cerulean City, here Ash meets her in the first episode shortly after leaving Pallet Town.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: She downplays this more than the other cases of this, as she's a tsundere with a temper (though she calms down once Togepi enters the picture) while her game counterpart doesn't seem to be that way.
  • Adaptation Expansion: She's already an established Gym Leader by the time you meet her in the original games. The anime introduces her long before she becomes a Leader, and shows her slow but steady progression into the master trainer she is in the games.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the games, she was not a tsundere, or as feisty. Sequels released after the anime sometimes make nods to her temperament, however.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Initially, Misty was not a gym leader proper, and while not incompetent per se, was prone to arrogance and making errors in battle. By the end of Johto she has matured enough to take role in Cerulean Gym, to the point that she is arguably an Adaptational Badass by the time of her return in Sun and Moon, where she has even gained the use of Mega Evolution.
  • Ascended Extra: She goes from having little plot relevance besides being a gym leader in the games to being a protagonist in the anime.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Misty's sisters ostracized her from being the Gym leader and only made her one to see how she'd screw up.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a midriff-baring top.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: A G-rated version with Ash; the two of them argue like no-one's business and she's not above snarking at him during his sillier moments, but several points throughout their travels together make it clear she cares deeply for him.
  • Betty and Veronica: In the Orange Islands episode where the trio meet Rudy, Misty is Archie, Ash is Betty and Rudy is Veronica when Rudy tries to flirt with Misty and Ash gets jealous.
  • Between My Legs: In the episode "Forest Grumps", her legs are used as framing during her stand-off with James and Meowth.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • She is good friends with Sakura, who is also the youngest in an all-girl family (in the latter's case, her sisters are the Kimono Girls).
    • Similarly, during Advanced Generation, she manages to find common ground with Max over their respective relationships with their older sisters.
    • Again in Sun and Moon, she and Lana quickly become friends over their mutual love for Water-types to the point of becoming pen pals.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She is a tomboy and has short hair that's combined with Tomboyish Ponytail.
  • Brick Joke: She gets her bike back at the end of the Johto series.
  • The Bus Came Back: As noted, Misty became Gym Leader after the end of Johto. She made a few appearances in Advanced Generation, before remaining absent in all subsequent series... until Sun and Moon, where she returns again for a few episodes.
  • Butt-Monkey: She's sometimes made the butt of the joke by Ash and co. in earlier episodes, and gets into more perils than the rest of the crew (once, she was brainwashed into thinking she was a Seel). Also that her sisters look down on her. Doesn't help that she's stuck with Psyduck, which gives her a lot of the trouble until the Alola Reunion.
  • Catchphrase: In the original Japanese, she says "Go, my steady!" whenever she summons a Pokémon. Except maybe Psyduck.
  • Character Development: Misty goes from being a hot headed jerk in the Indigo League to a decent, kind person in later seasons of the show. When she reappears in Sun & Moon, most of her negative traits like her temper is pretty much gone.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "Bye Bye Butterfree", she (very briefly) takes Brock's going lovesick in stride and treats it as a joke, instead of using the Ear Ache Running Gag that she'd later be perfecting.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She often became annoyed when any other girl would flirt with or show interest in Ash, particularly in the second movie with Melody or in later Johto with Macey.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The best way to describe how her stew in the Johto episode "Sick Daze" came out. She confused her ingredients and didn't just dump the mixture cutting her losses, and, as a result, the stew was so bad that not even Ash could eat it. She's not actually bad at cooking, mind—earlier in the series, she A: created a medicine from Salveyo Weed for Ash, Tracey, and Jessie's Stun Spore sicknessnote , and B: was hinted to have done the cooking in Episodes 3 and 4note .
  • Crazy-Prepared: In her return appearance in Sun/Moon, it's revealed that Misty wears a bikini underneath her casual clothes should the need come to swim, noting that Lana had the right idea when she dumps her clothes and dives into lake with her swimsuit.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • What she's made to look like by Meowth in episode 12. However, if you watch past the point where Ash returns with the Super Potion (fact is, true fans should have done so by now), she reveals that the Squirtle Squad wasn't really going to kill her (in the Japanese version) or turn her into a purplenette (in the English version). Ironically, Misty actually volunteered to get the super potion in the former upon learning this demand.
    • Played straight in episodes such as "Pokémon Fashion Flash" and "Just Add Water". Both cases also come with a bit of Bound and Gagged.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She often snarks at Ash in his sillier moments.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In early episodes, she was cold and pompous towards Ash. Her bug phobia also made her an outright bully towards Caterpie. After they started proving their worth, she softened and accepted them, even if her temper remained for a while.
    • She's also a lot more accepting of Psyduck by the time of the Alola Reunion episode.
  • Demon Head: She sometimes does this when she gets mad at Ash.
  • Does Not Like Spam: During her rant about bug Pokémon, she mentions that she hates carrots and peppers. Ash immediately retorts that he likes bugs, carrots, and peppers.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Downplayed compared to standard anime, but she has inflicted slapstick pain onto Ash and Brock several times. Brock was able to get away with punching her on the head twice during Bulbasaur's introduction episode.
  • Dub Personality Change: The 4kids-era English dub episodes downplay some of her Adaptational Jerkass by toning down her narcissism compared to the Japanese version, though she remains more arrogant and hotheaded at times. She also doesn't call her Pokémon "beauties" or "steadies".
  • Dub Text: In the banned beach episode. During her strut down the catwalk, Kasumi originally prided herself on all the attention, while in the dub, Misty went on a small under-her-breath rant about how the whole affair was degrading and ridiculous. Thing is, Misty's still the one who suggested the beauty contest in the first place, which makes the whole rant seem a strange attempt to rationalize her participation.
  • Dude Magnet: Misty gets harsh comments about her appearance. Despite this, she does attract a few guys and they even flirt with her. The guys are: Rudy (from the Orange Islands), Tad (from Charizard Chills), and Georgio from Chronicles. Even a Hoot-Hoot took a liking to her (the old lady told Misty it liked pretty girls).
  • Fiery Redhead: In her early appearances she's fiery, fearless, and an expert battler. Ironically, she specializes in Water-type Pokémon.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Sakura (cherry blossom), Ayame (iris), Botan (peony), Kasumi (baby's breath or mist). The English version keeps the joke by naming the three older girls Daisy, Violet and Lily, but chose to go for preserving the pun on Misty's favorite type over the theme name. It does, however, retain how she's the odd one out.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
    • Misty is the responsible sibling with regards to taking care of and managing the gym better than all three of her sisters. Daisy has gotten a bit better about it, but Misty is never away from the gym too long before her sisters need her to come back. Her greater proficiency as a Gym Leader is best shown as when the gang returns to Cerulean Gym in Sun and Moon, the Gym is shown to have been massively remodeled into a large and modern facility.
    • On the other hand, Daisy and Violet at least seem more mature than Lily and Misty, due to age.
  • Freudian Excuse: For a long time, she had a fear of Gyarados because she was nearly swallowed by one as a toddler.
  • Forgiveness: After her bike got destroyed accidentally by Ash's Pikachu Thundershock attacked when his Trainer borrowed it to save his life, Misty followed Ash until he payed her back for her bike. However, due to being with Ash for so long and come to see him as a friend, Misty had not only come to understand that her bike getting destroyed wasn't on purpose but also forgives him.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: The Mirage Kingdom two-parter in Advanced Challenge serves as one for her character arc with Togepi, who evolves and departs afterward, though Misty herself has made a couple of returns since then.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With her three sisters. Things seem a touch better of late, at least with eldest sister Daisy.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Thrice during Advanced, as well as during a two-part arc in Sun & Moon.
  • Green Is Blue: Her eyes vary between being green or blue (or sometimes both at the same time) between the episodes; it was especially prominent before the anime switched over to digital color. Nowadays it seems that they've settled on green, like her most recent official game artwork.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She'll fly off the handle at what feels like the drop of a hat.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: In the first episode, Ash stole Misty's bike while running away from a flock of Spearow, culminating in the series' most famous Running Gag. She got angry when she learned that Ash destroyed it and cited it as a reason why she decided to travel with Ash.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: From the starting point when Misty started travelling with Ash, there were obvious hints it had to do with more than her fried bike. When Ash finally fulfills his promise, she admits she'd half forgotten about it and just wanted to hang out with him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She lambasted Ash regularly for his poor training, despite Togepi and Psyduck being just as poor under her handling, relying on dumb luck with either of them using their abilities effectively. She is equally bad taking her level of criticism back, the first time Ash called her out on this in the latter's case, she threatened him quiet in frustration. Similar to Ash, this trait mostly toned down as episodes passed, even if she retained a lot more of a similar cockiness than she'd like to admit.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Misty may be a jerk to Ash, but that doesn’t mean she will be okay with others being jerks to him.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Ash back in the first few seasons, particularly during the Orange Islands arc which featured the greatest number of episodes with Ship Tease between the two of them.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: To an extent. She's more open about her inferiority complex than most examples in that she will (albeit rarely) talk about her experiences as the youngest of her sisters, but other than that her quick-tempered nature and violent tendencies from early on were likely due to living in their shadows. Funnily enough, Misty is the only one of them who has any real passion for training Pokémon while her sisters are more obsessed with their fame as water ballet performers.
  • Informed Attribute: Her character description depicts her as being a Tomboy. However, most of Misty's interests and hobbies generally fall into the typical feminine category like obsessing over fashion, romance, and cute pokemon. In fact, the main reason she likes Water-Type Pokemon is because of their cute appearance and not much else. She also has a fear of insects, which is generally a trait that is used for most female characters.
  • Informed Deformity: A few characters like to comment on how unattractive Misty is. If you look at Misty, she looks just like any other female when She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • In the English dub of EP002, when Jessie dares to make a smart remark in response to her challenging the TRio:
      Jessie: That's pretty big talk coming from such a little lady.
      Misty: At least you're right about the "pretty" part. Thanks for the compliment!
    • In a later episode, a character of the week attempted to insult Misty by claiming that she was as beautiful as a Tentacruel. Out of all Water-type Pokémon, Tentacruel just so happens to be one of Misty's favorites.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Misty is right to get angry with Ash some of the time, especially since he did destroy her bike which costs a lot of money in the Pokémon world. Also, Ash can be a jerk to her too.
    • When she and Ash get into an argument when the latter mopes about his loss at the Indigo League, Misty makes a good argument that Ash should have been lucky to have even made it far in the Indigo League with the way he was training. She’s right, considering how lazy Ash became and only relied on luck to make it through.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series at least, she was rather condescending toward Ash despite the fact he was just starting out, though also still very caring. She got better as the series went on however. She becomes a flat out Nice Girl when she reappeared in Sun and Moon.
  • Kicked Upstairs: After Johto, she has effectively become a Gym Leader due to her sisters being out of town on ballet tour for three months, and it is heavily implied that she has to lose to rookies quite a bit in order to be this in a manner that is very similar to Team Rocket.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: A few different times, much to the delight of fans, though the instance many people remember is her mermaid getup, in which it was most probably a wig. She does let her down for real on occasion, though.
  • Long Bus Trip: The gap between her guest appearances in Advanced and Sun & Moon was over twelve years in real life.
  • Lucky Translation: Her Japanese name is a word for "mist", which is essentially water vapor.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Out of Ash's female friends, she has the skimpiest outfit and she has been in multiple bikini scenes and as a mermaid. Also Masamitsu Hidaka, one of the directors of the anime, has stated that Ash's female companions basically serves as eye candy for the boys.
  • Mama Bear: Do not threaten Togepi.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Three Sensational Sisters and one runt!" according to her sisters.
  • Not So Different: Despite her critical nature towards Ash, she could be equally childish and Hot-Blooded, sometimes even Ash himself has to keep her at bay. After all the trouble Psyduck causes, you think she'd also empathise with getting (sometimes unfair) flak over a Pokémon that doesn't follow orders properly.
  • One of the Boys: Her sisters give her constant crap for not being girly enough, and since they're all airheads (well, in the dub, anyway) she just kind of runs with it to distance herself from them. Usually seen competing with Ash in pretty much every open competition they come across or cockblocking Brock.
  • Only One Name: The creators have confirmed they have not given her a last name.
  • Parental Neglect: And the triplets don't do a good job of looking after the gym or their little sister.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, she'll wear pink on occasion. Examples include the kimono she wears at the end of "The Ghost at Maiden's Peak" and in "Princess vs. Princess", her cardigan in Pokémon 2000...and that full-body Slowpoke costume she and her friends wore (It Makes Sense in Context) in "A Shadow of a Drought". Additionally, her Poké Gear is pink.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Her relationship with Ash, despite hints her interest may go further.
    Misty: Ash is never really alone because he
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Being a Water-Type specialist, she becomes victim to this on a few occasions, most notably during her fight with Ash over Totodile. Ash first choice being Pikachu would be devastating for her if Misty had not chosen Togepi as her first Pokémon, an "opponent" Pikachu cannot fight. And despite her claim that she would beat Ash's two Grass-Type Pokémon, neither her Staryu nor her Poliwag/Poliwhirl manage to beat Chikorita and Bulbasaur.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Togetic, leave the rest to me." Cue Curb-Stomp Battle, courtesy of Gyarados.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Japanese version, her comment about Satoshi's heaven (catching his first Pokémon) being her hell (bugs) in episode 3.
  • Put on a Bus: Took over as her city's Gym Leader at the end of Johto.
  • Reality Ensues: After Caterpie saves the heroes from Team Rocket, Misty admits to underestimating it. When Ash asks her to prove her affection however, she is unwilling. She still has her bug phobia, just she's learned to be far less of a Jerkass about it.
  • The Runt at the End: Fits the definition perfectly, Odd Name Out and all. She's often teased as such by her sisters, but of course, Youngest Child Wins, and she actually happens to be the best at training Pokémon among the four.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gobsmacks her friends when she dresses up. Examples include the yukata from "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak" and the princess kimono outfit from "Princess Festival Day".
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She is also not free from any physical humor; "Primeape Goes Bananas" features her getting her face kicked to the ground by an angry Mankey, and "Pokémon Fashion Flash" has her getting barbequed by Vulpix's Flamethrower not once, but twice. The latter episode also had her getting a silly makeover at which Ash laughed himself sick upon seeing it. Butt-Monkey indeed.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Ended up doing this in an early episode that featured a gigantic Tentacruel that was destroying the city that the heroes were currently in, as it was angry that humans were polluting its waters.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: At least once Misty gained an affinity of her own, leading Brock to use her own ear pulling gag on her.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Misty never lets Ash live down him (and Pikachu) destroying her bike back in Episode 1. Until she gets it back in full repair from Nurse Joy in the episode when she leaves the party.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In "The Heartbreak of Brock", when the girl of the week has fallen in love with Brock and wants to marry him, Ash says, "Wow...imagine Brock married?" Misty says, "You and I will be married someday, too." She didn't necessarily mean to each other, but that doesn't stop Ash's shocked reaction about two seconds after she says it.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Sometimes has overblown fantasies about love and romance, and takes it upon herself to play matchmaker on more than one occasion, with varying results.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: While she'd be there with everyone else in stopping the Crisis of the Week/Team Rocket, she wouldn't compete in sporting competitions unless they were either water-themed or girl-themed. Granted, Ash would compete in the former as well, but Misty would outdo him in those cases.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Onscreen, is the Tomboy to her sister Daisy's and her successor May's Girly Girls. Would also serve as the Tomboy versus any of Ash's other female companions except Iris.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A short ponytail stuck out on the side, emphasizing her tomboyish personality.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's tomboyish, has quite a temper, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one will gush over it to the disgust of her male friends. Her "girly streak" is more pronounced in Japan.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • By the Mirage Kingdom two-parter, she's gotten over her fear of Gyarados, caught one, and become close enough to it that she kisses its Pokeball when calling it out.
    • By Sun and Moon, she has gained the ability to Mega Evolve said Gyarados.
    • Throughout the original series, she was useless training Psyduck in much any capacity, and instead had to rely on the convenience of its uncontrollable headache-induced Psychic attacks. By Sun and Moon, Misty demonstrates far better command over Psyduck, along with having boosted its originally pitiful water attacks.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Misty starts being a lot kinder, especially towards Ash, after the Indigo League. Her violent tendencies also near completely disappear by this point, at least in non-Pokémon related scuffles anyway.
  • Tsundere: Prior to getting Togepi anyway. Her "motherly" tendencies were also implied in other episodes, even the first episode when she tried to check up on Pikachu. All Togepi did was expand on it.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears blue denim shorts that stop at her thighs.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Most Bug Type Pokémon. There are a few exceptions though, such as Ash's Butterfree, Tracey's Venonat and Ledyba. For a bit, she was also afraid of Gyarados before she obtained one for herself. Now its her strongest partner.
  • With Friends Like These...: Thanks to her attitude towards Ash early on, they got on each other's nerves so often that it took Brock to split them up.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. She's more experienced and mature than Ash, but only relatively. Even then her temperament leaves even Ash looking lucid compared to her at times.
  • Your Size May Vary: How tall she was compared to Ash was inconsistent. In some shots she was almost a head over Ash. In others she was practically the same height as him.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: You think Ash and Pikachu are dangerous when they're angry? Misty has a fire breathing sea dragon and when she's angry, you run as far away as you can as quickly as you can because she means business.

    Misty's Pokémon 
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Before it was revealed that she was a Gym leader, Misty sparsely used any of her Pokémon despite her and her friends being placed into dangerous situations where using them would have been incredibly helpful.
  • Making a Splash: Naturally - Cerulean Gym is traditionally means Water-Type Gym Leader and almost all of her Pokémon are that type. A lot of them also know other type moves and some are dual types. It's worth noting that the latter is a key reason she loves them - Misty cites Water Pokémon as being exceptionally flexible and adaptable compared to most other Pokémon types.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: All of her Pokémon are water-type, except for Togetic, who was released after it evolved from Togepi and seldom put into battle beforehand.
  • Reality Ensues: One reason why Goldeen and Horsea are Out of Focus was because they're not amphibious in nature.

Goldeen (Tosakinto)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

A goldfish Pokémon. First appearing in episode 3, it hasn't done much but shown that it's hard for a fish to battle on land.

Staryu (Hitodeman)

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki

Staryu is a starfish Pokémon. While it couldn't display any noteworthy personality, it is one of Misty's most dependable Pokémon.

  • The Ace: Despite having its evolved form on her team, Staryu is Misty's main battler. In Pokémon 3, it is the only one of Misty's or Brock's Pokémon to hold its own against Molly's artificial ones.
  • The Blank: Lampshaded in an early episode; in their Gym battle, Ash's Butterfree used Stun Spore on Misty's Staryu, to which she commented that it looked like it was in real pain. Ash called her out by reminding her that it didn't even have a face. To her credit, Staryu was sort of writhing and off-balance when it was hit.
  • Flat Character: Unlike the rest of Misty's more prominent Pokémon, Staryu never really gained much of a personality, though being The Blank probably didn't really help.
  • Shout-Out: For some reason its cry sounds like Ultraman's. In one episode, Staryu's core (the red jewel at the center of its body) blinks when he is knocked out, similar to Ultraman when he's weakened or had reached his time limit.


Voiced by: Ikue Otani

Misty's primary battle Pokémon during the original series. Although Starmie is the evolved form of Staryu, she has one of each during the anime, same as the video game version of Misty.

  • Flat Character: If Staryu got pretty much zero character development, Starmie didn't stand a chance.
  • Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym in “The Misty Mermaid”. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
  • The Worf Effect: Starmie almost never won a battle on its own; the one time it did defeat an opponent, it was quickly and violently beaten by another immediately afterward, with its central core shattered.

Horsea (Tattu)

Voiced in Japanese by: Machiko Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

A seahorse Pokémon. Horsea was first caught in Porta Vista and now lives in the Cerulean Gym.

  • Bearer of Bad News: Its debut, trying to warn the city about an approaching attack of Tentacool and Tentacruel (especially a Kaiju-sized version of the latter) in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
  • Out of Focus: Due to being water-bound, Horsea rarely appeared and did very little during its run (though Goldeen generally fared worse despite a longer staying time).
  • Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym near the end of the Indigo season. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "The Battling Eevee Brothers", when Team Rocket made off with all the Pokémon, Horsea included, it was put in a cage tied to the back of the wagon, allowing it to leave a trail of ink to show Ash and company where they were going.

Psyduck (Koduck)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Michele Knotz (Current)

Psyduck is probably one of the most memorable Pokémon in the anime outside of Pikachu and Meowth. Misty accidentally caught it in HopHopHop town and has remained with her ever since. Despite being an odd duck (so to speak), Misty wouldn't trade him for the world.

  • Acrophobic Bird: A water type duck that fears water.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After Psyduck saves everyone in "The Ninja Poke-Showdown, Misty decides it's worth keeping around, and refuses offers to trade for it. Ash hangs a lampshade on this at once.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite Misty constantly being frustrated with the dim-witted Pokémon, she's shown on a number of occasions to actually care for it.
    • In the Johto Journeys episode "Tricks of the Trade", Misty vehemently refuses to trade Psyduck away when several people offer.
    • In the episode "Just Add Water", Psyduck goes berserk when Misty is captured by Team Rocket. He briefly goes back to his usual clueless self, but then he single-handedly destroys Arbok and Victreebel to save Misty and the Pokemon Team Rocket stole.
    • In the Sun & Moon episode "When Regions Collide", Misty has finally managed to train Psyduck to be a (mostly) competent fighter, and now openly adores him.
  • Big Eater: Sun and Moon shows that he has a quite an appetite, swallowing an entire watermelon whole.
  • Blessed with Suck: Psyduck needs a major headache to use his Psychic attacks, with most of his other attacks being fairly weak until Sun and Moon.
  • Butt-Monkey: Psyduck is constantly thrown out to fight opponents only to be too confused to put up a fight. Though he improves in Sun and Moon, he still takes his usual slapstick.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to be perpetually confused.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally, it's a bit of a moron, but it becomes badass when its headache gets really bad.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Despite how embarrassing and frustrating he can be for Misty, he has also saved her and the rest of the team on multiple occasions.
  • Delayed Reaction: Has a really slow reaction time. And then he met a Slowpoke...
  • Determinator: He won't let anything stop him from trying his hardest for Misty, whether he's battling for her, warning Ash and Brock she's in danger or rescuing her from Team Rocket, even if he's usually hopeless most of the time.
  • The Ditz: Psyduck is rather spacey and moronic.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Zigzagged. One of Psyduck's endearing traits is that he really does try hard for Misty, but he's usually too dopey and confused to help much. Whenever he does pull it off, the results are spectacular.
  • Ironic Fear: He's terrified of water and can't swim to save his life. Even just touching it sends him into a panic.
  • Jumped at the Call: Psyduck has a bad habit of jumping into action when Misty specifically requires one of her other Pokémon. Nine times out of ten, his actions only serve to complicate the situation.
    • It goes right to the beginning. Misty stumbled and dropped an unused pokéball, and Psyduck opened it so it would take him in. He literally caught himself for her.
  • The Millstone: Every time it comes out, it ends up poorly for Misty. Unless it gets a headache at least...
  • She's a Man in Japan: Sort of. Psyduck has no confirmed gender in Japan, though has been recurrently referred to as male in both the English and Portuguese dubs.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • He tried to get Caserin and Luverin (Misty and Daisy's Luvdisc) together in "Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing".
    • To Misty's ire, Psyduck seems to know about her infatuation with a certain Idiot Hero.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Despite being a Water Pokemon, he can't swim. At all. He's outright terrified of water and panics whenever he falls into it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Alola reunion, Misty can now reasonably battle with Psyduck, beating Lana and Mallow with him. He not only has mastered Water Gun, but can now also fully control his Psychic attacks, even if he still needs a headache to trigger them. His ditzy nature remains of course.
  • Verbal Tic: "Psy-yi-yi!"

Togepi-Togetic (Togepy-Togechick)

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi

During one of their adventures, Ash discovered an egg in Grandpa Canyon. It would later hatch into a previously unknown Pokémon. Since Misty wanted a closer look at it while it was hatching, she ended up being the first it saw, so it thought of Misty as its mother.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the original series Pokémon, with an appropriately childlike personality.
  • Children Raise You: Is credited with making Misty into a more motherly figure.
  • Deus ex Machina: Whenever it uses Metronome, the resulting attack will be what is needed to resolve the situation
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in the same episode that Ash's Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and was the second Gen II Pokémon to appear.note 
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: The Mirage Kingdom two-parter, where it left Misty for good, was during Advanced Generation.
  • Put on a Bus: Originally along with Misty, was written out entirely after the Mirage Kingdom two-parter
  • Random Effect Spell: Metronome, Togepi's only known attack prior to evolving, can let it use any kind of attack as the situation requires.
  • Retractable Appendages: The Pikachu's Pikaboo short shows that it can retract its stubby limbs into its body and fold its head spikes down, making itself completely egg-shaped.

Poliwag-Poliwhirl-Politoed (Nyoromo-Nyorozo-Nyorotono)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Poliwag), Eric Stuart (Poliwhirl and Politoed)

  • Heroic Second Wind: During its battle with Ash's Bulbasaur, Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl when nearly losing, giving Bulbasaur a hell of a fight before finally losing to the Grass-Type's Solarbeam.
  • Keet: Politoed since its final evolution, much to Misty's annoyance. In some cases it was even upbeat towards Team Rocket's Pokémon.
  • Non-Action Guy: It battled more infrequently after evolving into Politoed.
  • Reality Ensues: It evolved into Poliwhirl against Ash's Bulbasaur, but unlike most mid-battle evolutions in the show, it still struggled and ultimately lost despite a better fight, the power boost not enough to overpower an experienced type disadvantage.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Misty saved him from Team Rocket, Poliwag became devoted to her to the point of evolving during battle to try and win.
  • Unexpected Character: In-Universe. When Poliwhirl was called out for a battle, the group was surprised that it was wearing Ash's King's Rock, which it had picked up earlier in the episode. Since Misty asked Nurse Joy to transfer it over to her via Transfer Machine (it was at the Pokémon Center to be healed), that initiated a Trade Evolution.

Corsola (Sunnygo)
Voiced in Japanese by: Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka

Caserin (Luvdisc) (Cuserine [Lovecus])
Luverin (left) and Caserin (right)
Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Caserin), Kyoko Hikami (Luverin)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Azurill (Ruriri)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

    Brock (Takeshi)
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriel Gama (seasons 1-10, later returning for season 13), Alan Prieto (seasons 10-12), Arturo Mercado Jr (Movies 4 and 5), Ignacio de Anca (Movies 6 and 7)
Voiced in European French by: Antoni Lo Presti (Season 1-3 + 8-current, Movies 1-3 + 8-current, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, Pokémon Chronicles), Laurent Chauvet (Episode 22-51 from Season 1, Season 4-7, Mewtwo Returns, Movie Pokémon Heroes), Pascal Nowak (Movies Pokémon 4Ever and Destiny Deoxys)

No last name given. Originally the fearsome Pewter City Gym Leader (which he still runs every now and then), he left to travel with Ash on his journey to pursue his dream of becoming a Pokémon Breeder. Eldest of 10 kids, which he had to raise on his own for almost two years after his parents left. He served as a mentor to Ash for a while before turning into a sort of older brother character. He headed off on his own after their travels in Sinnoh, realizing that his true calling was instead to become a Pokémon Doctor.

Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Red-haired in his original Sugimori artwork, brown-haired in the anime. Later artwork, even in Gen 1, has him with dark brown hair.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Is he a really tan Asian guy or a light-skinned black guy? It should be noted in the games he's much lighter skinned. Then you have those who think he's Hispanic.
  • Art Shift: When Brock enters a contest, part of his routine involves his features getting sharper and his eyebrows getting bigger.
  • Ascended Extra: Similar to Misty, he has little plot relevance in the games besides being the first gym leader you fight. In the anime, he's a protagonist and travels with Ash through Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh.
  • Bag of Holding: Exemplified early in the Indigo saga, where he was able to pull out an entire cooking set, a table, and eating utensils out of his regular-sized bag.
  • Battle Strip: When battling Kiawe in the SM anime, he removes his shirt and vest to reveal that he has a Mega Stone around his neck. And also that he's been working out, apparently.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever the name Professor Ivy is mentioned, he breaks down and insists not to mention that name (a running gag triggered by Misty)
  • Big Brother Mentor: Being the oldest and generally most mature of all the main characters, he typically serves this role whenever he's part of a traveling group, and he always ready to dispense some advice to Ash in particular.
  • Breakout Character: Brock has always been a supporting character, but is easily the most popular one alongside Misty. His brief absence during the Orange Islands where he was replaced with Tracy caused uproar in the fandom. His popularity has led him to become the most prevalent of Ash's companions, lasting for three series.
  • Butt-Monkey: His hound dog routine eventually becomes this. It starts with Misty, and later Max, yanking him by the ear when he got carried away with flirting. Come DP, Croagunk literally poison jabs his butt.
  • Camp Straight: Brock handles most of the stereotypically 'feminine' chores when traveling, like cooking, laundry, sewing, etc. and he's shown to enjoy them immensely to the point they're practically hobbies for him. To top it off, he's even occasionally wearing a frilly pink apron. The whole thing is Lampshaded though because Brock learned these domestic tasks in order to take care of his younger siblings at Pewter City after his parents effectively abandoned their children to fend for themselves for several years before returning. Apart from domestic chores, Brock also has an interest in aesthetic pursuits, showing a lot of interest in grooming, dressing, and showing Pokémon, and he's helped out his traveling companions with their costuming for contests. That said, he's always on the search for a girlfriend, flirting with virtually every pretty girl he meets.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted. Has every reason to be angry with his father for abandoning the family for a long period of time. Except that, instead of chewing Flint out, Brock instead opted for telling Flint about the chores and daily routine that he has to undergo to take care of the children (it's a long list), while Brock himself goes off on his own journey.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He gets cut out of every relationship he tries to start.
    • Misty grabs him by the shoulder or pulls him by the ear.
    • Max pulls his ear.
    • Bonsly tackles him with Double-edge.
    • Croagunk uses Poison Jab on him, then drags him away.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the earliest episodes, seemed no more attracted to women than would be expected of his Vague Age (even gets embarrassed and shy when Misty mentions he has a crush on Melanie), and when he was, no more awkward. Nowadays...
  • Chef of Iron: Knows how to make Pokémon food and Pokéblocks.
  • Chick Magnet: Made into one for all of five seconds in "Harley Rides Again" when several girls start fawning over his Bonsly.
    • Aside from that, at least three women have fallen in love with him.
  • Combat Commentator: One of his main roles in the story is to comment on Pokémon battles, explaining the moves and strategies on display.
  • Commuting on a Bus: After leaving Ash's party for good to become a doctor, Brock continued to make guest appearances in every subsequent series except X&Y. Outside of flashbacks in Black & White, Brock actually did appear in person during Cilan's special episode after Ash left Unova.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Is obsessed with women, but he gets heartbroken every time.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He became Ash's ally after Ash defeated him at Pewter Gym.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: While Ash and company are still in the Orange Islands, Brock is a guest of the Ketchum household, and becomes a rival to Mimey when it comes to doing the chores. It's like they're being rivals over something else.
  • Dynamic Entry: How did he first appear in the Advance Generation series? Throw Forretress as an Action Bomb against a flock of Taillow, that's what!
  • Everyone Has Standards: Brock is no stranger to falling in love with every girl he sees, but even he's a bit creeped out by Conway's stalking of Dawn.
  • Eyes Always Shut: One of the most well-known examples. Throughout the series his eyes never (fully) open. There was one time, but it was a visual gag and not meant to be taken seriously.
  • Fanservice Pack: Sort of—we don't see it until he takes his shirt off, but when he does, we see that he's gotten noticeably (and we mean noticeably) more buff in the Sun And Moon anime.
  • Flanderization: Started out as a mentor type, gained the lovable pervert shtick and eventually became reduced to it, attempts have been made to regain the previous role, with variable success. In a bit of fairness, a silly side was shown in his intro episode when his father came back and promptly got exasperated by his quirks, but before that, he was incredibly no-nonsense - almost like a smaller Lt. Surge.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: He had relatively little interaction with Dawn during Diamond & Pearl, especially in comparison to Ash and the two's previous traveling companions.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: After being Put on a Bus at the end of Diamond & Pearl and being absent for Best Wishes and XY (aside from flashbacks), he, along with Misty, returns for two separate guest appearance arcs in Sun & Moon
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ash; out of all of Ash's human companions, Brock is definitely the one he's closest to, and Diamond & Pearl has several subtle moments showing how strong the bond between them has become. Of course, this is likely a side-effect of the two of them traveling together the most out of all of Ash's companions.
  • Hypocrite: Sort of. He is appalled when his mother Lola changes the gym to a water-type gym claiming that he is dedicated to rock-types despite the fact that he caught a Zubat in his first episode with Ash, owns several water-types, Ludicolo and Marshtomp, and actually owns only three rock-types, Geodude, Bonsly and Onix (only two now that Onix evolved into Steelix)
  • Image Song: "Takeshi's Paradise"
    • He was one of the few English cast members to get an Image Song in the form of "Two Perfect Girls".
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Brock's family from his father's side all look or will end up looking exactly the same as him, regardless if they're male or female. Brock's mom is the only one who looks different.
  • Informed Ability: His profession/passion as a Pokémon breeder is occasionally mentioned, but has basically zero effect on the show. Probably because the topic involves a little too much birds and the bees for a children's show.
    • Also his position as a "Rock-Type Specialist", which is brought up a handfull of times thoughout the series. While this is the case in the games where he exclusively uses pokemon who are at least partially Rock-Types, in the anime he's never had more than two Rock-Types in his posession at any given time. Looking at his current team, he actually has just as many Water, Poison, and Steel types as he has Rock (at 2 each) and actually has more Ground-Types than any other (at 3). He only caught one Rock-Type Pokemon (Bonsly) throughout the 3 series he appeared in and by the time he got him, Onix had already evolved into Steelix and lost his Rock typing.
  • Irony: Brock loves charming girls but it never really goes anywhere because everyone else won't let him finish flirting with them. When Brock does succeed in seducing a girl, he either does it by accident or doesn't notice until very late. Pike Queen Lucy blushed whenever she was around him but he didn't notice or Max dragged him away before anything could be done about it. Lucy in "Tag! We're it...!" wasn't interested in him until he proved his battle prowess but she left without saying goodbye to him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In spite of his tenure on the show, he is Out of Focus for possibly more than 90% of it. When he does get to show his stuff, however, he's very competent. Best example might be "Leave it to Brocko" from the DP saga.
  • Likes Older Women: He especially loves the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
  • Loving a Shadow: In Takeshi Shudo's old notes, Brock's hunt for women was driven at least subconsciously by his desire to find his siblings a new mom.
  • The Medic: He refocuses his goal on becoming a doctor at the end of DP. It helps that his Happiny had recently evolved into Chansey.
  • Mundane Utility: Really mundane example: Lotad's flat head? Extra table. And, of course there's Croagunk's Poison Jab, which saw more use for you-know-what than in actual battles.
  • The Navigator: The one with the Town Map.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His Japanese name is a reference to a main character in Takeshi's Castle.
  • No Sense of Direction: Despite being designated as The Navigator, it's been shown multiple times that Brock isn't actuallly very good at. There have been instances where the gang was lost, only for someone else to look at the map and immdiately being able to point them in the right direction and right before they left for Johto, Brock grabs Ash and points towards the horizon of their new journey, only to be immediately corrected that Johto is in the complete opposite direction. When you realize this, you start to realize why so many episode take place in the woods, and why the seasons got 50 episodes shorter after Brock left the show.
  • Noodle Incident: Ash and Misty find him back at the Ketchum home after their adventure in the Orange Islands. Whenever anyone asks about what happened during his time with Professor Ivy, he goes into a Troubled Fetal Position, to which he requests not to mention her name. To date, it's never been revealed what went on between the two and why he left. (He does mention Ivy in the English version of the seventh movie, though.)
    • The first time the gang visits Cerulean City for Ash's Gym Battle, Brock goes off on his own telling Ash that he has "Stuff" to do. When Ash inquires, Brock insists it's "just stuff". He then doesn't reappear in the episode until after Ash and Misty are leaving the Gym after Ash was given his badge. To date, it has never been revealed what Brock was doing in Cerulean nor is it ever brought up again.
  • Only Sane Man: As long as there aren't any pretty women in the vicinity, at least. He was often the one who would break up Ash and Misty whenever they got into a heated argument.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Brock takes his shirt and vest off, invoking Walking Shirtless Scene, when he is ready to Mega-Evolve Steelix. This is something the Casanova Wannabe never did when he was on the series unless it was a Hot Springs Episode, and he was actually bathing.
  • Out of Focus: From Johto onward, when he began to receive fewer focus episodes and often functioned as a mere walking gag. It seems they eventually caught onto this, as Brock finally left the show after Diamond & Pearl.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Increasingly so, particularly in most of Sinnoh where both of his traveling companions shared co-star status. Lampshaded in the 11th movie, where Ash and Dawn both spring into action against the Big Bad, and Brock briefly gets depressed over being left behind...literally.
    • In one episode Team Rocket review their typical plans with accompanying graphics to find out why they always fail. When they get to the step where the heroes counterattack, the graphic shows Ash commanding Pikachu and Dawn commanding Piplup to attack...while Brock just stands in the background.
    • The anime is very much aware of this. When Brock got A Day in the Limelight, he has proven to be cunning, fixing Team Rocket a meal and then stealing the Pokémon they stole and booking it while they were distracted. He's also shown he's an excellent battler, taking out Seviper with Croagunk despite the type disadvantage, and when Ash and Dawn showed up and volunteered to take it from there, Brock told them to stay out of it and he proceeded to beat down James' Carnivine with his newly evolved Sudowoodo...also with a type disadvantage.
    • Averted when he reappears during Sun and Moon and gets a one-sided victory against Kiawe... also with a Type disadvantage. He and Misty also do most of the work taking out Team Rocket's mech after Ash's Lycanroc's attacks are repelled.
  • Overused Running Gag: Thankfully, they tend to mix it up, especially with Bonsly (in a brief stint note ) and Croagunk.
  • Parental Abandonment: They actually come back (yes, his mom was alive all this time, though 4Kids chose to ignore the plot hole they wrote themselves into), but it's understandable that Brock's less than pleased when they go on vacation and leave his 9 siblings by themselves.
  • Passing the Torch: Handed over control of the gym to his younger brother Forrest.
  • Put on a Bus: Four times! He departed the show at the beginning of the Orange Islands arc because the anime crew thought he might be considered an Asian stereotype to a global audience (it's his eyes). He was promptly brought back for Johto because, as it turns out, nobody cared about that. He and Ash then briefly parted ways again at the end of Johto and the Battle Frontier, but they quickly reunited both times. It finally happened permanently at the end of Diamond & Pearl after Brock decided to become a Pokémon doctor, meaning his studies preclude him from traveling anymore with Ash.
  • Raging Stiffie: G-rated version, obviously. Basically it's gotten to the point that when he doesn't have this around Inexplicably Identical Individuals, regardless if they're male or female, he starts getting suspicious (often he's right; it's Team Rocket or someone else disguised as the nurse or officer).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Aside from being Team Dad, he can also be classified as a Team Mom, with good reason.
  • Running Gag: Whenever he sees a beautiful woman and reacts in a typical fashion, someone in the group will haul him away angrily. It was generally Misty in the original series, Max in Advanced Generation, and his Croagunk in Diamond & Pearl, but others, such as May and even Ash have done it as well.
  • Shirtless Scene: Ignoring beach episodes, Brock as a Mythology Gag to his appearance in Red and Blue, goes shirtless during his battle with Kiawe in Sun and Moon. He does not disappoint.
  • The Smart Guy: Of every team he's been in. In "Advanced Generation", he somewhat shares the role with Max. He's also The Chosen One of Uxie, the precursor of Knowledge.
  • Something Else Also Rises: "Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore". Brock and Flint have to work together to power up the Pokémon Center's backup generator. Brock was egged on by Nurse Joy several times, causing the energy gauge of the generator to...go sky-high.
  • Stalker with a Crush: How else would you describe him having that infamous "guidebook"? Or the fact that he can distinguish Jennies and Joys from each other?
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With his nine siblings and his dad, all of whom have Eyes Always Shut.
  • Supreme Chef: Brock is great at making meals and does most of the cooking for the gang.
  • Team Chef: To the point where this is his most essential contribution to the group in later arcs.
  • Team Dad: During his travels with Ash and others, Brock has provided them with advice, broken up arguments, and cooked food for the group.
  • Tempting Fate: Brock has started to realize that every time he starts swooning over Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny, Croagunk is only moments away from poison jabbing him, so he tries to control himself and back down.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to most other gym leaders in Kanto that were downright antagonistic towards Ash or didn't take their job seriously, Brock's only crime was being a proper challenge for him, and the series afterwards quickly establishes him to be a Nice Guy (if a sometimes kooky one).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gains the ability to use Mega Evolution in Sun and Moon.
    • Even more notable is that after a tenure on the show where his Onix would get tossed around or ignored to increase tension, being sidelined to promote Ash or the female companion, and the show constantly downplaying or forgetting the fact he was a Gym Leader compared to how others in similar positions are treated, when Brock comes back for Sun & Moon, he's never defeated a single time. This included a two-on-one match against him, a match with an opponent with a type advantage and a Z-Move, and a battle against an Island Kahuna. Plus each time his Pokemon just seem to brush off whatever attack is thrown at them.
  • Tritagonist: He's usually in the background compared to the lead male and female, but sometimes the show (or at least, the current story) makes it clear that he's this (at least for the humans). This is most evident during the Galactic arc, where not only does his Croagunk get a rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak, he's also chosen by one of the Lake Trio, along with Ash and Dawn.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Which actually happens, when a flood of Nurse Joys and Officer Jennies mob him, wanting to get into his pants. Unfortunately for Brock, the Fantasy part is literal...
  • Vague Age: Unlike Ash and Misty who are established as both being 10, Brock's age is never really stated apart from the fact he's clearly older than his traveling companions. Some sources state he's 15 which would go in line with the fact that due to Pokemon's general following of the Teens Are Short rule, he's implied to not quite be an an adult yet. Other situations treat him as older however, particularly the fact a vast majority of the people he flirts with are adults themselves.
  • We Need a Distraction: A minor Running Gag, and he sometimes convinces others to join him in the act (Corphish [twice!], Lombre, Dawn)...
  • Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in his eyes every time he looks at a pretty girl.
  • The Worf Effect: In spite of his aforementioned competence, his Plot Armor is thinner than those of his friends because of their star/co-star status. If he participates in a competition or tournament that his friends also join, he's likely to either lose early on or eventually get beaten by them (not always realistically).
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Brock zig-zags this trope. In one scene of the first season, Misty kicked him in the face and he never attempted to fight back. Another episode, however, showed him hitting Misty many times after she kept teasing him about his crush on Melanie.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Oh, they do this sometimes with his hopeless flirtations. It just has a way of going straight to hell before the end of the episode.

    Brock's Pokémon 
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His main type is the Rock-Type, and he also has multiple Ground-types that aren't Rock-types.
    • Ironically, despite priding himself in being a Rock-Type specialist, the only Rock-type he caught during the series proper was Bonsly.
  • Freudian Trio:
    The Kirk: Mudkip/Marshtomp
    The McCoy: Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo (Hoenn) & Bonsly (Kanto)
    The Spock: Forretress
    The Kirk: Bonsly/Sudowoodo
    The McCoy: Happiny/Chansey
    The Spock: Croagunk
  • Out of Focus: Much like Brock himself, his Pokemon don't receive much development and (particularly in the original series) tend to lack memorable personalities. This is actually progressively averted in Advanced Generation and especially Diamond and Pearl, where his Pokemon get much more screentime.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted, as soon as Brock stopped being the Gym Leader, he stopped having a Rock-type theme for his Pokémon team, though he tries to have at least one Rock-type Pokémon on his team. Nonetheless, he is quite firm about keeping Pewter Gym's Rock theme intact.
  • Put on a Bus: With the exception of Vulpix none of Brock's Pokemon are given send offs when he stops using them. He typically leaves them at the Pewter City Gym off-screen. It's also very rare that any of his Pokemon (save his Kanto Trinity) are ever seen or mentioned again after their initial series ends, with Foretress and Sudowoodo being the only exceptions to this, and the former hasn't been seen since the end of the Advanced Generation.

Onix-Steelix (Iwark-Haganeil)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Ground-type. As an Onix, he was also a Rock type.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steelix's type is Steel-Type.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Gentle Giant: Outside of battle. Especially prominent when he reappeared as Steelix.
  • Made of Iron: Besides the obvious pun, Steelix is tough as nails. He's even tougher as Mega Steelix and tanks Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive, a move that would be Super Effective against Steel-types.
  • Super Mode: Gains the ability to mega-evolve in Sun & Moon.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Iron Tail.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Mostly while it was an Onix: although supposedly Brock's strongest Pokémon, it loses several battles (including to Meowth once, when Meowth dumped water on it and somehow finished it off with Fury Swipes). The impression is further strengthened by the fact that Onix was by far the largest of the main cast's Pokémon during the whole Kanto and Johto sagas. Refreshingly averted in the fourth movie, in which it defeats a Tyranitar enhanced by a dark ball.
    • As a Mega Steelix, it gets to be on the other end of this trope. Kiawe's Turtonator can't do squat against it, and even Inferno Overdrive is unable to take it out.

Geodude (Isitsubute)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Marc Thompson (current)

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rock and Ground type.
  • Mythology Gag: In "The Punchy Pokémon" Brock enters Geodude in a Fighting-type tournament; it IS a fighting-type in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • Out of Focus: Barely got any personality, character development, or battles, and was mainly used in places where Onix was too big to fit. It did get to return with Brock in the Sun and Moon series however.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: It can hold its own against Pikachu without the need of Onix.
  • Power Floats: Despite being a rock, it somehow levitates.

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki

Vulpix (Rokon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

  • Badass Adorable: It's cute and dainty as a button, yet has explosive fire powers. It was likely for this reason it was usually Brock's representing Pokémon in the Pikachu shorts.
  • Happily Adopted: Technically the property of a professional breeder called Suzie, who entrusted Vulpix with Brock after seeing his warmness to Pokémon. Vulpix very quickly took to Brock as its trainer.
  • Kitsune: Blatantly based on such with its fox like appearance and multiple tails.
  • Out of Focus: Too adorable for its own good, especially since it's (currently) the only Pokémon Brock no longer owns (all the others are at Pewter Gym).
  • Playing with Fire: Packs one hell of a Flamethrower.
  • Put on a Bus: Returned it to the girl who gave it to him.
  • Spoiled Brat: In its first appearance - it roasts Misty just for unexpectedly picking it up, before curling back up with a light yawn. It's much more playful in later appearances, if still very fond of pampering.
  • The Worf Effect: Introduced as being extremely powerful, but is rarely shown winning an actual battle.

Pineco-Forretress (Kunugidama-Foretos)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Pineco, Forretress 4Kids), Unshō Ishizuka (Forretress, current)

  • Extra-ore-dinary: Forretress is a Steel-Type.
  • Long Runner: Had a surprisingly long stint in the series, being caught by a main character early in the Johto saga and staying in in his party for the entirety of Hoenn, amounting in total to more than 300 episodes. At one point he had the crown of the longest-lasting Pokémon in the show (discounting Pikachu and Meowth) over even Jessie's Wobbuffet. That said, especially by the end of his run, he was largely Out of Focus.
  • Mundane Utility: Brock used Forretress' Rapid Spin as an improvised drill when the gang had to make a pit trap.
  • Out of Focus: Despite Forretress being on Brock's team for over 300 episodes, including the entirety of Advanced Generation, it sure didn't get a lot of time in the spotlight.
  • Running Gag: Loves to blow itself up at the slightest provocation, and unfortunately for Brock, he usually ends up being in proximity, resulting in him getting an Ash Face.
  • The Stoic: Forretress; Pineco was a lot more excitable.
  • Spike Shooter: Knows Spikes.

Lotad-Lombre-Ludicolo (Hassboh-Hasubrero-Runpappa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Hassboh and Hasubrero), Fumihiko Tachiki (Runpappa)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Lotad), Dan Green (Lombre), Eric Stuart (Ludicolo, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Ludicolo, current)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's always been a Nice Guy, even in his first stage, but he's really powerful and not afraid to show it when his friends are in danger.
  • Bullet Seed: He can fire this as a Lombre and a Ludicolo.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kind of "out there" compared to others of its species, especially as a Lotad and a Lombre. Don't ever assume he's stupid, though.
  • Confusion Fu: His battle style is unpredictable.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-Type.
  • Jaw Drop: Ludicolo has an EPIC one when his Mawile crush dumps him for a Psyduck.
  • Keet: As Ludicolo, which is characteristic of the species. See also Nice Guy below
  • Making a Splash: Water-Type.
  • Mundane Utility: Lola, in one of her "ideal" parenting moods, somehow convinced Ludicolo to carry around her bags as she and Flint go on vacation.
  • Nice Guy: Shown very early in Advanced Generation. note 
  • The Runt at the End: Of the herd of Lotad, this one has a bit of trouble catching up.
  • Transformation Trinket: Lombre unflinchingly scrounges around the bag of the Character of the Day, until he found her Water Stone deep inside, instantly making him evolve.

Mudkip-Marshtomp (Mizugorou-Numacraw)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara (Mizugorou), Shin-ichiro Miki (Numacraw)
Voiced in English by: Lindsey Warner (Mudkip, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Mudkip, second), Kayzie Rogers (as Jamie Peacock, Marshtomp)

  • Barrier Warrior: Knows Protect.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Marshtomp is part ground-type.
  • Lamarck Was Right: How else would you explain this?
  • Making a Splash: The Water-Type Starter of the Hoenn region.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The one member of the Hoenn group's Starter trio that saw the least action, hence its evolution coming late, and the only one to never even reach its final stage.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Towards Brock in its first appearance. In general, it's more sweet than icy.
  • Team Dad: Mudkip was just as mature - if not moreso - than Pikachu and tried hard to both keep the peace and take care of the younger ones. "Turning Over A New Nuzleaf" was the first great example.

Bonsly-Sudowoodo (Usohachi-Usokkie)
Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
  • Character Tics: Sudowoodo has a habit of saluting Brock.
  • Cool Big Bro: Towards Happiny, since they seem to appear together often.
  • Ditto Fighter: Knows Mimic.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rock type.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Bonsly...ironically, early in Sinnoh he learned Mimic and evolved into Sudowoodo an episode later.
  • Out of Focus: To a degree (mostly since Croagunk was more prominent), but he still gets some shining moments of prominence and never actually decays as a tough battler.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Leave it to Brocko", where he evolves.
  • When Trees Attack: Even though he's actually a Rock-type.
    • In "Leave It To Brocko", they use this to their advantage to put a lost, frightened young Nuzleaf at ease, since Bonsly's tree-like appearance reassured Nuzleaf that they were friendly.
  • Yes-Man: Sudowoodo, a more endearing example than most as he's obviously very devoted to his trainer.

Croagunk (Gureggru)
Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

  • Everyone Has Standards: While he takes delight in his violence towards Brock whenever he flrts with a girl, he tends to back off in scenarios where the girl is either ok with it (such as Cynthia) or when the girl shuts him down (such as when Brock first meets Holly).
  • Evil Laugh: Croagunk everytime he has to poison jab Brock and drag him off behind him. Cro-cro-cro-croooo
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Bizarrely, when Brock is trying to orient him in the group's daily routine...
  • Glass Cannon: He can hit very hard, singlehandedly blocking a stray Draco Meteor fired by Dialga and knocking out Saturn's Toxicroak in one blow, but doesn't fare so well in prolonged battle.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He first shows up as a "member" of Team Rocket; or rather, he followed Meowth to the Rockets' bogus gym, and Jesse decided to use him in their scam. Once the Rockets ditch him, he decides to join Brock instead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually quick to come to the rescue of Brock (or the rest of the group) if they're in real danger.
  • Missed Him by That Much: in "Jumping Rocket Ship", the group gets separated, and Croagunk is simply taking a trip through Canalave's canals by way of several boats. Every time he appears, it was just a split-second before/after one group is in the same scene. For the record, Croagunk was the last Pokémon to be "found" (or rather, Croagunk found them thanks to Brock being himself).
  • Not So Stoic: There are a few times that he outright laughs at his trainer's misfortune towards girls.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Once, his rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak made him completely ignore Brock's advances to a girl.
  • Pet the Dog: Can often come across as a jerkass at times, but the writers occasionally show that he can have a protective side as well.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Shown several times to be adverse to any sweet food. Interestingly enough, this does hint to his nature; the Pokémon natures that dislike sweet food are Brave, Quiet, Sassy or Relaxed. All four could be used to describe Croagunk to some extent (though Quiet is the most apparent.)
  • Running Gag:
    • He's waaay too obsessed with his reflection.
    • Also the whole "stab and drag Brock away from girls" thing, of course.
  • Sensor Character: He has been able to detect the presence of Team Rocket at several points when the rest of the group was distracted and has headed off to stop them on his own without the others noticing. He was also aware of the approach of Saturn's Toxicroak.
  • Sixth Ranger: If the main characters make up a Five-Man Band each series/generation, then Croagunk - who joins last and appears the least - is this to the "Diamond and Pearl" band.
  • Something We Forgot:
    • Pikachu and the other Pokémon are ready to abandon a ship heading for a potentially lethal waterfall, until Pikachu realizes someone is missing. He rushes back inside and tries his hardest to drag Croagunk away from the mirror.
    • At the denouement of "Jumping Rocket Ship", the heroes ready to call it a day, until they realize something's missing. Before Brock could realize what it was, he saw a beautiful girl and proceeded to hit on her, and only then did Croagunk show up.
  • The Stoic: Stays calm most of the time.
  • Super Senses: His version of the "Anticipation" ability allows him to have better perception of the surroundings.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite all the Poison Jabs Brock took over the series, when their compatibility was rated, it was nearly as high as Ash and Pikachu's. Oh, and did we mention that this is a few days after he's caught?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Borders between this and Chuck Cunningham Syndrome (depending on how prominent you find Croagunk to be) in Sun & Moon where he's not seen or mentioned at all during either of Brock's return appearances, with Brock only using his Pokemon from the Kanto region. This seems odd considering that apparently His and Brock friendship level was almost on par with Ash & Pikachu's after over 3 regions immdiately after Croagunk was caught. And it's not like Brock stopped hitting on girls either, but Misty resumed her role of stopping Brock's lebido instead.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played for Laughs. The first time Croagunk went too far in attacking Brocknote , Dawn calls him out on it (he even looks genuinely abashed). On another occasion, Brock delivers one himself, right after getting stabbed:
    Oh, c'mon! Imagination is against the law?
  • Yandere: It's the most likely explanation as to why Croagunk attacks Brock whenever he flirts with Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy. When Croagunk and Brock's compatibility rating was shown, it was nearly equal to Ash and Pikachu's in only a few days.

Happiny-Chansey (Pinpuku-Lucky)
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness

  • Adaptational Badass: Combined with Irony. In the games, Happiny and Chansey have notoriously low physical attack power, being the lowest in the entire game. Brock's Happiny, on the other hand, has among the most ridiculous lifting feats in all of the anime. It's never explained where this strength comes from.
  • Children Are Innocent: Inverted - unlike Togepi for example, she was more likely to be aware of when things weren't going well (even on the day she hatched) and could become relatively serious if the situation called for it; on the other hand, her usual demeanor is that of a sweet-natured Cheerful Child.
  • The Medic: Her Softboiled move can heal others.
  • Nice Girl: Really quite a sweetheart, as is natural for her species - in her intro episode, she initially offers the Oval Stone which Brock carved her back to him as a sign of friendship and trust, despite how badly she'd previously wanted it upon hatching. From that point on, it's pretty safe to say that she's less of a divisive character than Togepi ever was.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: To comedic levels. Despite being a newborn baby and horribly weak in her games of origin, Brock's Happiny is ridiculously strong. She once lifted an entire frozen lake with her bare hands, quite casually, and tossed it over a cliff. She's also lifted massive boulders with just a single hand.
  • The Smurfette Principle: So far, she is Brock's only (confirmed) female Pokémon.

A thank you gift for Brock from the Melemele Island Nurse Joy.
  • The Medic: It belonged to Nurse Joy before she gave it to Brock as a gift, and it's used to help him calm down a wild Kangaskhan so he can treat its baby.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Comfey is a Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • Out of Focus: Almost nothing is known about it, as it was only seen briefly in one episode and never appeared again.
  • Pets as a Present: It was given by Nurse Joy to thank him for his help.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Chansey, who did not appear in Sun and Moon. Both are The Medic Pokemon whose species are commonly owned by Nurse Joy, and assist Brock in healing injured Pokemon.

    Tracey Sketchit (Kenji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomokazu Seki
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (4Kids), Craig Blair (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alfredo Leal (Season 2), Javier Olguín (Season 5), Ricardo Bautista (one episode of Chronicles and another in Season 8), Gerardo García (rest of Chronicles), Christian Strempler (Season 9)
Voiced in European French by: Bruno Mullenaerts

A friend of Ash's, who he met on his trip to the Orange Islands. Specializes in Pokémon watching; i.e. he draws pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat with surgical precision. Tracey primarily draws Pokémon, but there are several human subjects scattered around his various sketchbooks. Huge fan of Prof. Oak.

Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • Ascended Fanboy: Since his debut, he has always been a fan of Professor Oak's work and wishes to one day meet his hero. Oak takes him under his wing at the end of the Orange Islands arc.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Tracey's typical battle style. He can predict an opponent's moves based on having seen the set-up motions before and get a counterattack going immediately, which isn't too shabby. In his initial appearance, he was able to discern upbringing problems with a group of trainers' Pokémon, and gauge how strong and well-conditioned Pikachu was with but a mere precursory glance.
  • Covert Pervert: Downplayed, but if you find anything in his sketchbook that isn't a Pokémon, it's probably a pretty girl he encountered while travelling around with Ash.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He has the dubious honor of being the friend who Ash traveled with the least: he was only part of the group for the Adventures In The Orange Islandsnote , and Brock (who he was intended to replace) returned and reclaimed his position in the group just in time for Tracey's departure.
  • Meaningful Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
  • Out of Focus: After the very first episode of Diamond and Pearl, he did not appear again until BW116, 306 episodes later. To date, his last speaking role was the final episode of Advanced Generation... Over 600 episodes ago.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's "Tracey", not "Tracy".
  • Written-In Absence: In JN068, 354 episodes since his last appearance, Professor Oak mentions that he's been helping look for Ash's Infernape, who hasn't been seen in days.

    Tracey's Pokémon 

Venonat (Kongpang)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Marill (Maril)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Scyther (Strike)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart

  • Animal Facial Hair: Sports a prominent pair of sideburns, despite being an insect.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type Pokémon who resembles a giant mantis.
  • Changing of the Guard: Rejected from its tribe because it was too old to remain the leader (though it makes amends with its young successor before accepting Tracey as its trainer).
  • Cool Old Guy: Scyther is old and out of shape, but still a Scyther no less.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Manages to defeat Arbok, Lickitung, Victreebel, Weezing, and even Meowth in battle by itself. Before the battle between Scyther vs Team Rocket's Pokemon got underway, Pikachu is quick to rush to Scyther's aid and offer to fight Team Rocket's Pokemon with Scyther, an offer of which Scyther politely declines.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses Swords Dance to blow away Weezing's poisonous gas after Team Rocket attacks.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A proud fighter despite its old age.
  • The Rival: Very briefly with Charizard due to some initial aggression. After repelling a Team Rocket attack, they "flex their muscles" a bit before making peace.
  • Running Gag: Would break into a pant after working, since it left the Pokémon Center before healing properly. It's lampshaded the first time.
  • Team Dad: To a degree towards the other Pokémon. Definitely towards its tribe, given it left the Pokémon Center (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.


Supporting Cast (Humans)

    Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka (EP001 to SM043), Kenyuu Horiuchi (SM091 to present)
Voiced in English by: Stuart Zagnit (4Kids), Carter Cathcart (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Hugo Navarrete, Arturo Castañeda (as "Sam" in Movie 4)
Voiced in European French by: Jean-Marc Delhausse, Georges Caudron (Movie Pokémon 4Ever)

Professor Oak comes from Pallet Town. He is Gary Oak's grandfather and gave Pikachu to Ash as a last resort after he woke up late to take one of the other three starters. His status as a semi-main character means that he shows up the most out of all the professors in theseries.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a bit eccentric and has a child-like sense of wonder when it comes to Pokémon, but he's still a well respected professor.
  • Butt-Monkey: Somewhat. He seems to always get attacked by the Pokémon he looks after. He got attacked by Ash’s (then) Aipom, his Bayleef, and a clip of the Japanese version of the 2019 anime shows him getting attacked by a Sylveon.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, he was a bit of a grumpy Deadpan Snarker and he was visibly annoyed with Ash who came too late to get his first Pokémon. Later on, he would become an eccentric Nice Guy.
  • Cool Old Guy: He gets very excited whenever he meets new Pokémon and he is a very passionate scientist. He also has some cool Pokémon, such as Dragonite and Rotom.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the main anime itself, he's beloved and respected by most Pokémon, who show as much succinct loyalty to him as their trainers. In his podcast segments however, not a single one will hesitate to brutally assault him as he tries to inspect them in his lectures. He must borrow a very grouchy sample roster.
  • Friend to All Living Things: One way or another, he'll find a way to get on a Pokémon's good side.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Besides being one of the leading experts on Pokémon, he's also a world-renowned poet.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: In the Japanese version, Oak would often have a short segment at the end of an episode demonstrating a certain quality or attack that Pokémon can execute. It usually always ends up being used on him. He's been burned, electrocuted, frozen, punched, bitten, and flung across the room more times than you can count.
  • Loose Canon: In the Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon special, he was shown to have a Dragonite. It is unclear, however, if said special—and hence Oak's Dragonite as well— is canon to the main anime.
  • Mission Control: Most of Ash's Pokémon are just a phone call away courtesy of him. He also plays a straighter example in Pokémon 3.
  • Nice Guy: Oak is friendly to Pokémon and humans, something that becomes a standard characteristic for future professors.
  • Out of Focus: After making semi-frequent appearances in all previous series, he was mostly absent in XY, only appearing via video call in the third and very last episodes. Since Sun & Moon, he's returned to his previous recurring character status.
  • The Professor: The most prominent one of the entire franchise and the most famous Pokémon professor of the entire world.
  • Ship Tease: With Delia. In Pokémon Live!, Ash asks Professor Oak not to bring his mother home too late. As a result, he's one of the more frequent fan guesses for the identity of Ash's father (next to Giovanni, of course).

    Gary Oak (Shigeru Ookido)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Del Valle (Original Series), Víctor Ugarte (Chronicles), Ricardo Bautista (Advance Generation and two episodes of Diamond & Pearl), Benjamín Rivera (One episode of Diamond & Pearl), Noé Velásquez (One Episode of Diamond & Pearl)
Voiced in European French by: Lionel Bourguet

Ash's first rival when he started off as a Pokémon trainer. Gary would usually one-up Ash and take any chance to insult him when they met up, but after Ash finally defeated Gary, he soon realized that being a trainer wasn't really his calling, and has since befriended Ash and followed in his grandpa's footsteps to become a Pokémon professor.

  • The Ace: Gary seems to be pretty much be the best at what he does, and even claims to be the top trainer out of the four in his year who left Pallet Town, and is always at least two steps ahead of Ash. He even had time to go on a vacation because he had so many damn badges!
  • Adaptational Name Change: Though not as obvious as Ash's, the Canon Name of Gary's game counterpart is Blue (Green in Japan). Despite this, people will still sometimes call Blue "Gary" due to their similar appearances and personalities.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gary has green eyes while his game counterpart, Blue, has brown eyes. Also, Gary has much darker hair than Blue.
  • All-Cheering All the Time: Gary is followed around by an entourage of cheerleaders approximately twice his age. All they ever do is either cheer him on or cry when he loses a Pokemon battle or something.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: His fanclub was mostly made up of pom pom girls.
  • Always Second Best: Ironically, despite all of his advantages, he is always a rank behind Ash in every official tournament or competition they've partaken together.
  • Always Someone Better: He was initially this to Ash; being one step ahead of him, catching far more Pokémon, training nearly all of them into elite fighters, smarter strategies, and being more knowledgable of Pokémon in general. This ended when Ash defeated Gary at the Silver Conference; though Gary would occasionally win a friendly battle with Ash post-rivalry whenever he came back from a new region, just to remind Ash to not get too complacent.
  • Anime Hair: Although far from being the most extreme example in the series, it's definitely there.
  • Art Evolution: When we see him after the Battle Frontier, his design matches his game counterpart in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • Barrier Warrior: Electivire's Protect.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Scizor is a giant mantis.
  • Brainy Brunette: Even becomes a Pokémon researcher, just like his grandfather.
    • And even before that, Gary had such a high knowledge of Pokémon, he barely needed to use his Pokédex to get any info on them, in contrast to Ash who uses his every time he sees a Pokémon, even ones he's already seen.
  • Brainless Beauty: His fanclub, whose sole existence revolved around fawning attention on him.
  • Break the Haughty: Being utterly owned by Mewtwo in Viridian City and then not even making it past the preliminary round of the Kanto-region Pokémon league that he and Ash had spent at least a year training for. He gets better, though.
    • It was somewhat implied Gary had never lost before, which seems to shape him into a more humble person. Break the Haughty indeed.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After being absent for nearly the entirety of Advanced Generation, he returned to making occasional appearances throughout Diamond & Pearl. He was put back on the bus after that season ended and has yet to reappear outside of flashbacks.
    • He's set to reappear in Pokemon: Journeys, according to the opening. He will return in episode 68, which airs May 28th in Japan.
  • Carload of Cool Kids: Gary, his cheerleaders, and their convertible of choice during the original Kanto journey.
  • Characterization Marches On: Downplayed. Despite his sequential Break the Haughty experiences at the end of his travels in Kanto, Gary was still pretty egotistical and more than willing to drive around with his posse. His return at the end of the Orange Islands arc was a pretty dramatic sidestep into his more solemn characterization with little explanation to show for it. This lasted until the Silver League Conference saw him return to his old school ways, cheerleaders and all.
  • Childhood Friends: Being neighbors in Pallet Town, he was this with Ash prior to the incident with the Pokeball. See We Used To Be Friends below.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In Japan, Shigeru is voiced by a woman. The English dub averts it by having him be voice by a man.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Got his own episode in Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The "deadpan" part coming in from Johto and onwards.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ever since the Original Series - he didn't appear at all in Hoenn (only showing up at the end of Advanced Generation); shows up only four times in Diamond and Pearl (in two of which he got his ass handed to him by Team Galactic), and didn't appear in Unova or Kalos.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Umbreon, who knew Double Team as an Eevee.
  • Dub Personality Change: In the original Japanese version, Gary is more of a mildly antagonistic rival to Ash, and is respected by Ash's companions. The dub amplifies his antagonism and obnoxiousness towards Ash and subsequently has less respect from his peers. This makes him more in-line with his game counterpart, Blue (Green).
  • Dub Name Change: From Ookido Shingeru to Gary Oak.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference:
    • Downplayed with his cheerleaders, whose costume and hair designs were not actually finalized until "Beauty and the Beach".
    • His eyes were originally shown to be blue but were later changed to green.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Gary becomes much nicer to Ash after the former’s loss at the Silver Conference, Ash forgives Gary easily for being such a jerk to him for many episodes.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Scizor, Electivire's Iron Tail.
  • Elemental Punch: Electivire's Thunder Punch.
  • Energy Weapon: Nidoqueen's Hyper Beam.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Blastoise's Rapid Spin.
  • Flat Character: Not Gary himself, but his Pokemon don't really have any standout personality traits beyond their loyalty to him. Even the ones that appear more often, like Blastoise, Umbreon, and Electivire, have never received much fleshing out.
  • Friendly Enemy: Has shades of it in the original Japanese version, but it was removed by the English dub until Johto. After losing in the Indigo League and spending some time reflecting on his losses, Gary soon became a full-on friendly rival to Ash, though he still has some of his original snark left to throw.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Initially. He gets better over time though and becomes nicer to Ash and his friends, even teaming up with Ash, Brock, Misty, and Harrison to stop Team Rocket in one episode of the "Master Quest" series.
  • Handsome Lech: In Kanto, he traveled with a large group of older girls. That is one pimp pre-teen.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's clearly done a lot off camera, but most of it goes unseen.
  • Insufferable Genius: While most of the time he's a Small Name, Big Ego who loses his more important battles, he's still quite a competent trainer and is more than happy to show it off. Him gaining ten badges in Kanto and flaunting them to Ash is one of the most (in)famous examples.
  • Jerkass: At the beginning of the series, he is an insufferable jackass who flaunts his superiority over Ash and others. Especially Ash. As if it wasn't enough for him to leave Ash in the dust, Gary would often taunt Ash about him being behind whether it be leaving crude messages on road signs or stealing Ash's opportunity to challenge a Gym despite having more than enough badges to enter the League. He gets better from Johto onwards thanks to a humiliating defeat at the Indigo League, but this can still pop up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He used to be a cocky and arrogant jerk in the original series. But after his defeat at the hands of Ash in the Johto League Silver Conference, he mellow it out as he evolves into a kinder person as he is from Johto and onwards.
  • Large Ham: During his Small Name, Big Ego Kanto days, he never introduced himself with modesty or quietness. He was loud, boastful and would always make sure that you will remember his awesomeness. And he never passed up an opportunity to increase his theatricality;
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: One thing he absolutely dominates over Ash with is his skill in catching Pokemon; he was stated to have caught more than 200 Pokemon from over 60 species by just the the Kanto saga, and who knows how high that number has increased since then. Most of his Pokemon haven't even been shown onscreen, and most of the ones that do have gotten minimal screentime.
  • Megaton Punch: Nidoqueen's Mega Punch.
  • Mind Rape: Suffers this at the hands (paws?) of Mewtwo. One wonders if his decision to quit Pokemon training wasn't at least partly influenced by this incident.
  • Morality Pet: Umbreon, most likely, seeing as he started to train it at the same time his change of attitude started. (Given the fact that it is an Umbreon might be a factor, seeing as Eevee evolve into Umbreon when treated well by a trainer.)
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His eyes are green as either a reference to his game counterparts JPN name (Green), one of the first two games in the series (Red and Green), or both.
    • His Umbreon is actually an indirect reference to Red's Espeon in Gold and Silver. As Ash is the anime incarnation of Red, his hypothetical Eevee would have evolved into an Espeon. Thus it stands to reason that his rival would have the opposing Eeveelution (Umbreon) of Gen II.
    • His decision to become a researcher may or may not be in reference to the cut plot from the 1997 beta of Gold Version. Originally set 1 year later, Blue, having suffered a major blow to his pride, mellowed out and decided to become one of Oak's aides.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after Shigeru Miyamoto in the original Japanese version, in homage to being The Mentor of Satoshi Tajiri.
  • No-Sell: His Golem is too heavy for Charizard to lift, so no Seismic Toss for Golem.
  • Not So Different: To Ash. Despite being a jerkass, both him and Ash were both snarky and immature. They did both grow out of their immaturity later.
  • Paid Harem: He had a gang of cheerleaders supporting him (and in one case, Ash) in Kanto; after losing at the Indigo League and learning humility, he got rid of them, although they returned for his battle with Ash in the Silver Conference.
  • Pet the Dog: In Battle Of The Badge, Gary's the one who tackles Meowth to prevent him from blowing up the rigged platform Ash is standing on during his gym battle against Team Rocket.
  • Playing with Fire: Arcanine and Magmar.
  • Psychic Powers: Umbreon's Psychic.
  • Punny Name: His English name, funnily enough.
  • The Reveal: It wasn't until his second match with Ash that we learned he started with Squirtle. None of his main Pokémon were even shown until episode 63 (when he was shown using Nidoking and Arcanine at the Viridian gym), though his Krabby made a brief appearance in episode 13, alongside the one Ash had just caught). We did hear at a few points in early episodes that he caught a lot of Pokémon.
    • Over 200, according to Professor Oak, meaning since there were only 151 kinds in the Kanto saga, he's caught quite a few more of the same species, especially since he had only seen 60 at that point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Original Series", being level-headed and logical while Ash is brash and impulsive.
  • The Rival:
    • Ash's main rival until the end of the Johto saga. He and Ash are currently providing the page picture for this trope.
    • He is hinted to become a rival for Goh when he makes his return in Journeys, while ironically acting like best buddies with his old rival Ash.
  • Same Character, but Different: Kanto's Gary was a snide braggart who was constantly lording himself and his experiences over Ash while traveling around with a personal cheerleading team in a convertible (while Ash was hoofin' it old-school). Johto's Gary was an aloof and stoic wanderer accompanied by only his Pokémon — Johto's first opening even wrapped him in a distinctive black cloak. This was explained as a result of his surprise loss in the preliminary rounds of the Indigo League, in addition to his previous curbstomp by Mewtwo, which severely wounded his pride and led to him becoming a more serious, less braggy trainer.
  • Signature Move: The original Johto opening would have you believe Gary's Eevee was his Signature Mon.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Gary's Blastoise was an expert in using Rapid Spin to deflect Ash's attacks, like Muk's Sludge Bomb and Bayleef's Razor Leaf.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Really thinks highly of himself in the first season, which only increases the irony over the fact that he loses in the preliminaries of the Indigo League. Played for hilarity when, during the swimsuit contest in the originally-banned Beach Episode, he actually believes everyone is watching him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes considerably nicer to Ash during the Johto Arc.
  • Tuckerization: His Japanese name, Shigeru, is taken from Shigeru Miyamoto, who served as a mentor to Satoshi Tajiri.
  • The Unfought: Despite being Ash's rival, the two never battle in the first series, having their first one-on-one battle in the final episode of the Orange Island saga after Ash had returned home. Technically the two don't even a full battle until the tail-end of the Johto Saga.
  • Use Your Head: Blastoise's Skull Bash.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Ash, before a quarrel involving a broken Pokéball. Which they each kept half of.

    Delia Ketchum (Hanako)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masami Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Sarah Natochenny (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Patricia Anides (Original Series and current), Rebeca Manríquez (Chronicles), Elena Ramírez (Advance Generation and the start of Diamond & Pearl)
Voiced in European French by: Catherine Conet (Season 1-12, Movies 2-3), Julie Basecqz (Season 14-16), Fabienne Loriaux (Season 19-current)

Ash's always-loving mother. Not much more needs to be said about her. Just let the tropes do the talking.

  • Action Mom: Ash's skill is apparently genetic, given that she's more than able to scrap when she needs to.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Delia frequently and loudly reminds Ash to change his you-know-whats. Sometimes his friends are around. Sometimes there's a small crowd. Sometimes it's being filmed on live TV. However, Delia's obsession with her son's underwear is limited to the 4Kids dub.
  • And the Rest: Delia has been known to do this to her own son.
    Delia: "Oh, Pikachu! It's so good to see you again, oh you're so cute, I could just hug you all dayoh, hi Ash."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In some Chronicles episodes, she actually displayed some skill as a trainer. This returns when she makes an appearance in Sun and Moon and rather fluently uses Ash's Litten to fend off Team Skull (to everyone, even Litten's surprise).
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on she was pretty clueless about Pokémon, but the third film reveals that she was one of Oak's top students.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Makes recurring appearances in Sun and Moon, where she has taken a special fondness to Ash's Litten.
    • She also developed a brief Running Gag that whenever Ash would come home she'd make a beeline for Pikachu and belatedly notice Ash was there, too.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed, but, early on at least, Delia sometimes comes off as slightly dense in terms of Pokémon-related concepts. May lean into Genius Ditz however, since she can actually battle formidably in spite of it.
  • Hidden Depths: She was one of Professor Oak's top students when she was in school. Suddenly having to raise a son all on her own suddenly left no time for schoolwork. Odd episodes she's called into battle display her fluency with Pokémon.
  • Idiot Hair: More fitting in the original series when Delia was more frequently The Ditz, before she got Characterization Marches On (i.e. being retconned from fairly ignorant of all things Pokemon into a former student of Professor Oak's and a modestly talented battler). When she isn't displaying her ditz traits, the hair is something of The Artifact.
  • The Nicknamer: In Sun & Moon; she nicknames Ash's Rowlet, Rockruff, and Litten "Rowlie", "Rocky" and "Littie".
  • Not So Different: It's shown in SM024 that Ash and his mother are actually quite similar. In addition to their dorky moments, Ash's classmates point out that they're both kind-hearted people who do everything they can to help others.
  • Team Mom: Treats Ash's friends like her own children. When Ash and Misty returned to Kanto after the Orange Islands saga, they found that Delia had found a Heroic BSOD-inflicted Brock and was letting him stay at the Ketchum house while she nursed him back to health.

    Officer Jenny (Junsar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Lee Quick (Original series to Advanced Generation, episode 65), Jamie Davyous Owens (Advanced Generation, episodes 119-142), Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon), Maya Rosewood (Advanced Generation, episode 155), Emily Williams (Advanced Generation, episode 188 to Diamond and Pearl, episode 166) and Emily Jenness (Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution; Journeys)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano (Seasons 1-6, 13-16), Erica Edwards (Season 7 and Chronicles), Cristina Hernández (seasons 8-11), Betzabe Jara (Season 12), Claudia Contreras (season 17-current), Ana María Grey (Season 1, only in three episodes)

If there's a town with any semblance of law enforcement, then Officer Jenny will be there. They tend to use Pokémon that help in police work, such as Growlithe, Herdier or other police dog stand-ins.

The numerous Jennies out there exhibit the following tropes:

  • Art Evolution: Officer Jenny got a complete makeover in the Unova region. She went from having shoulder-length hair and a blue uniform to grass-green short cropped hair with a beige uniform in Unova. Kalosian Jennies have wavy hair tied in a low ponytail, though the uniforms are back to blue.
  • Between My Legs: The shot used when a Jenny first appears in Best Wishes episode 38.
  • Biker Babe: Most of them drive a motorcycle as a preferred vehicle of choice.
  • Busman's Holiday: Viridian Officer Jenny pops up in Eterna City on her day off, right around the same time that a major heist has occurred.
  • Canine Companion: The most common pokemon used by them are the regional dog of whatever region they're in, especially Growlithe, who acts like a police dog.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Jenny in "A Poached Ego", where she instantly beats the poacher Rico by quickly stealing the Poké Ball containing his ace, Tyranitar. In fairness, what he had it do to Team Rocket (both Pokémon and trainers) was more than enough to warrant this resort.
  • Cowboy Cop: One particular Jenny enjoys taking down criminals with her...bowling skills. That same Jenny came all the way from Kanto just to capture Team Rocket.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Not only did the Jenny attire change throughout later regions, but their default personalities tend to be rather serious and humorless, compared to early episodes where they tended to be more energetic and hammy.
  • Fair Cop: All of them. There's a reason why Brock likes them so much. She certainly is attractive.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Ash and Co. once met a Luxray trainer named Marble, a young Jenny. As with Joy, this indicates that men have no impact on genetics in the family.
  • Improbable Weapon User: "Stealing the Conversation", where one Jenny stopped criminals with a bowling ball.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Former co-Trope Namer. All Jennies look exactly alike, but each Jenny is told apart by the insignia on their hat, representing the town they're from. Brock can tell them apart by other details, such as the length of their skirt.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Prior to the Unova seasons, Officer Jennies wore heels. Not exactly practical (or even comfortable) footwear to have in law enforcement, but they still manage. It's completely averted come XY, where Jennies were re-designed with more practical police attire.
  • Phrase Catcher: A Running Gag with new main characters (and Ash in Unova) is that they would always mistake the second Jenny they meet on their journey with the first one. When Serena does it with the Kalos Jenny, Ash remarks, in deadpan, "I knew it..."
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Most Jennies use the same Pokémon in a given region, though there are exceptions like Luxray and Gastly.
  • Police Are Useless: Played with, as while the Jennies do try to help Ash and friends, it's usually the latter who play the key part in saving the day.
    • Played completely straight, however, by the Eterna City Jenny from "A Secret Sphere of Influence", who arrests Nando for supposedly stealing the Adamant Orb and flatly refuses to believe that anyone else could have done it. When presented with a photograph of a Sunflora (actually Meowth disgused as one) stealing the Orb, she declares that it's all the proof she needs. Despite everyone else in the room pointing out that Nando probably isn't the only person in the museum who has a Sunflora, she remains convinced that she's right and spends the entire episode interrogating him instead of searching for the stolen Orb and/or other suspects, forcing the main characters to hunt Team Rocket down and get it back.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of them, but especially the Jennies in "Pokémon Emergency!" and "Spinarak Attack". In the case of the former, she shows Ash how to use his Pokédex as an ID and gives him a free ride to the Pokémon Center when she sees that Pikachu is badly injured and urgently needs medical care.
  • She's Got Legs: And every so often the animators decide to remind us as much.
  • Smelly Skunk: There was one in Sinnoh who used a Stunky.
  • The Worf Effect: Prone to being overpowered by the current threat to make Ash's team relevant. They sometimes get to pull a Big Damn Heroes to maintain their competence however.
  • Zerg Rush: The Eterna City Jenny uses this technique with a crapload of other officers to corner Nando in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".

    Nurse Joy
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead (Original series to Advanced Generation, episode 42; returned in Journeys), Bella Hudson (Advanced Generation, episodes 49 to 144, plus cameo appearance in Black and White, episode 127), Michele Knotz (Advanced Generation, episode 151 to Diamond and Pearl, episode 190) and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mildred Barrera

Much like Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy is found anywhere that has a Pokémon center. Their partner Pokémon tend to be ones with healing abilities, like Chansey, Audino and others.

The numerous Joys found around the world exhibit the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: In the novelization, she's a fully licensed nurse.
  • Art Evolution: Along with Jenny above, Nurse Joy also underwent a makeover for the Unova region. The bangs of her hair were parted, giving her an overall much younger appearance. She also no longer wears a white apron. In Kalos, the pigtails are slightly raised. Alolan Joys have a single, large pigtail, and their uniforms are pink and white with a stripe down the center.
  • Berserk Button: All Nurse Joys don't like it when Trainers use their Pokémon to fight for anything other than official battles or in capturing Pokémon, especially petty fights.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Joys can be quite stern and strict when it comes to the health of both Pokémon and their Trainers, one in Maiden's Peak was quite concerned about Ash and Misty not missing curfew, as children need their sleep, and can give quite a talking to towards trainers she believes are mistreating their Pokémon.
  • Brainwashed: One Joy was turned into Mewtwo's servant in Mewtwo Strikes Back, later freed from his control when she was no longer useful.
  • Canon Immigrant: While not referenced by name, the Pokémon Center nurse in Pokémon X and Y is Nurse Joy, sporting her Kalos design. Since the games have only been sprites up until now, adding 3D model characters into the game allows the games to start adapting the anime characters, if for nothing more than their character designs.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Most of the Joys who live in the Orange Islands have a healthy tan due to living in such sunny environments.
  • Deadly Doctor: One particular Joy near the end of the Battle Frontier arc kicked Ash's ass in a battle with Chansey, then routinely rushed his Corphish to be healed.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Well, she is a nurse, so it's her job to take care of them.
  • Gender Equals Breed: More recent episodes have shown children Joys named Marnie and Paige, who look exactly the same as their mother. The father looks nothing like the rest of the family. This also implies that Joy is the surname.
  • Heroic BSoD: The grief-stricken Joy in "One Big Happiny Family!"
  • Hospital Hottie: Makes one go Brock over them.
  • Improbable Age: The Takeshi Shudō-authored novelization states her to be less than twenty.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The other former Co-Trope Namer. Every Joy in the world looks exactly the same. The only way to tell them apart is by the color of the cross on their hats, which will range through every color except Red, due to the Red Cross being an internationally protected symbol. Brock can tell them apart without that fact, and in fact can tell when someone is only pretending to be Joy (he doesn't go crazy over them).
    • In Alola, the uniforms are color-coded to the islands. The uniforms that Ash and the gang wear have a yellow clasp (yellow being Melemele's color), but the Nurse Joy who came to their aid had a pink one and is revealed at the end to be the local Nurse Joy's sister who works on Akala Island.
  • The Medic: She is more a doctor than a nurse.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: One of the dark-skinned Joys mentioned above also has super-strength. You wouldn't know it by looking at her. She is, however, commented on as being more muscular than the other Joys.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Almost all of them wear pink dresses as part of their uniforms.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Most Joys have pink hair and most Joys have a kind disposition.

    Todd Snap (Toru)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Víctor Ugarte

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.
  • The Bus Came Back: For a second 3-parter during the Johto saga.
  • Camera Fiend: As a photographer, he always like to shoot photos.
  • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Basically his entire original appearance, since its purpose was to promote Pokémon Snap.
  • 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.

    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 French by: Catherine Conet

James' somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To James, simply because his parents expect him to marry her and he'd rather be with Jessie.
    • To clarify, Jessiebelle is not unattractive. She is identical to Jessie but it's her abusive, psychotic nature that James finds abhorrant.
  • All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: She's controlling, has a lot of kinky devices in the basement, and attempts to make James bend to her will.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Her goal is to marry James by any means necesarry.
  • 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.
  • 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 Red Head: She is an arrogant, abusive psycho with red hair who enjoys tormenting her poor fiance.
  • 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.
  • Hayseed Name: Of the southern belle variety.
  • 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 slight differences in hair and eye color.
  • Meaningful Name: Jessebelle is a clever wordplay on the idiom Jezebel which is a term for an evil, scheming woman, as well as sharing the name of Queen Jezebel in biblical mythology, who was an unjust and domineering queen. Pretty fitting. She's also a Southern Belle version of Jessie.
  • Rich Bitch: She is a very wealthy and despicable person.
  • Whip It Good: She uses a whip on James in her debut episode.
  • Yandere: Of the non-murderous type, although she is willing to hurt James into obeying her.

    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)

  • Blow You Away: Happy's Whirlwind.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Happy (Butterfree) is a giant butterfly.
  • 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.
  • 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 journeys throughout the Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Kalos regions, both of them are Not So 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 Pokemon should get the credit instead of him when thanked for his deeds.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Considering that we've had Satoshi and Shigeru, Hiroshi would ring a bell, especially for old-time Nintendo fans since the 1990s. (Hiroshi, like Satoshi, is also one of the optional player names from the Japanese-only Pokemon Blue).
  • Nice Guy: The first of Ash's many Pokemon League rivals. He is the only trainer to help Ash get back the stolen Pokemon. 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: Towards his team. Every single one of them 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.
  • Similar Squad: He owns three Pokémon resembling Ash's original team. He himself is similar to Ash.
  • 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 Pokemon Center that was going to be demolished.

    Professor Felina 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)

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.

    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)

One girl fan of baseball and recurrent character in Johto. Appeared in three episodes in the Johto series, in one of the openings in Johto, side to side with Ritchie and Gary and participated of two Chronicles episodes, one as the main character.

  • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Is the main character in a Chronicles episode.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a fan of a baseball team, and thus named after the poem "Casey At The Bat".
  • Nice Hat: A baseball cap with a lightning bolt design on the front.
  • Running Gag: Her appearances to the gang is never complete without her (and her team) singing the Electabuzz theme song..
  • Took a Level in Badass: Implied. When Casey meets Ash & co again, her Chikorita has fully evolved into a Meganium.
  • 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.

    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 French by: Bruno Mullenaerts

One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash. Much as people give Ash flak for never winning a major League, Harrison is highly respected by the fandom for being a genuinely tough opponent and actually earning his victory against Ash (unlike Ritchie, whose reception is more divided). This trend continued with his Hoenn Spiritual Successor, Tyson.

  • 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.
  • Psychic Powers: Kecleon's Psybeam.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Duplica (Imite)
Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano

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: Downplayed. She gets upgrade to recurring character in EP174 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: She's one for Copycat from the games.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: The first time we see her, she's dressed up as Ash with a replica of his hat to match.
  • Voice Changeling: She's able to perfectly imitate the voices of others.

Supporting Cast (Pokèmon)


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.

  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In the 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.
  • 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: In the present time, Ho-Oh hasn't appeared in the Johto region yet. Instead, it's always seen flying around 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.

    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 humiliating it, prompting it to use its marker pen/microphone to draw on their faces.

  • Ascended Extra: Jigglypuffs are of little significance in the core games, yet this one became a recurring gag character, and its popularity in turn led to it featuring in every Super Smash Bros. entry.
  • 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. Most people assume it to be a girl due to the species' female-biased 3:1 gender ratio.
  • Attention Whore: It wants someone to listen to its song and will go to any lengths to make itself heard.
  • Badass Adorable: Proven when it gets its marker taken by the Clefairy. It took out at least six in a row with DoubleSlap.
  • Berserk Button: Falling asleep during its song. Unfortunately, its song does this to everyone.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jigglypuff can be pretty scary when it realizes people have fallen asleep. It's even scarier if you take its marker microphone away.
  • 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 Tics: Puffing up whenever upset, with an audible "honk".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to a horde of Clefairy for stealing its microphone. With DoubleSlap.
  • 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.
  • The Ditz: 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.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. After a while, Ash and his pals become terrified when this little critter shows up, because they know exactly what it's about to do to them. 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. In SM056, however, it finally makes friends with Ash and co., with Ash now being excited to see it again someday.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Its marker, which it uses as a microphone during its song... and to scribble on people's faces when it gets mad.
  • 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 AG, and its return in Sun & 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: Jigglypuff uses Sing as a talent rather than an attack.
  • 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 it's constantly angered when they do fall asleep, and reacts by drawing on their faces.
  • 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 a cameo in Sun and Moon.

    Mimey (Barri-chan) 

Mr. Mime/"Mimey" (Barrierd/"Barri-chan")
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Original series to Sun and Moon, episode 1), Michele Knotz (present)
A wild Mr. Mime that has more or less come into Delia's possession since arriving at her doorstep.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It is unclear whether or not Mimey counts as one of Ash's Pokemon. He is never shown catching it on-screen and it spends all its time with his mother, being more of an honorary family member than anything, but in the new series Ash is shown to be in ownership of its Pokeball and some Japanese supplementary materials actually list it as one of his Pokemon. At any rate, Mimey seems to be under the "ownership" of the Ketchum household as a whole.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a bigger role in the Pokémon Journeys series, as Delia assigns it to watch over Ash and Go at the lab.
  • Battle Butler: Well, what else can we call Mimey? A powerful Psychic-type that just randomly appeared at her door, and now it's part of the family, helping keep the house. In JN007, it even battles for Ash and manages to defeat a Hariyama.
  • Bring It: He does this to Goh's Grookey in its debut episode once it's regained it's energy and tries to beat his head like a drum. Being said, he manages to defeat and wear out Grookey.
  • Cowardly Lion: Normally, it tends to shy away from Pokemon battles. Though in JN007, Ash does use it in a battle tournament where it defeats a Hariyama. Granted, it does refuse to battle the Mightyena, but it does show Mimey is capable of battles.
  • Flanderization: The Journeys series exaggerates his mime-like traits by having do things like mime food and a vacuum cleaner (that actually works, no less).
  • Furry Reminder: At least one episode has him sitting on the floor and eating Pokémon food out of a bowl.
  • Mistaken Identity: Joined the family because Delia mistook him for Ash (who was wearing a Mr. Mime costume at the time). Mimey ended up adoring her so much he helped her stop Team Rocket and has been a part of the family ever since.
  • Neat Freak: Mimey. He once vacuumed Ash's face because he apparently hadn't taken a bath for so long.
  • Psychic Powers: Being a Mr. Mime, he battles with Psychic-type attacks.
  • Retcon: Fairy-types weren't introduced until Generation VI. In the Sun & Moon anime, Mimey's typing has been officially confirmed to be Psychic/Fairy, specifically in episode SM024.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Mimey only makes the odd recurring appearance, but starts off Ash's journey to Alola by winning a free vacation for the family there at the start of the Sun and Moon series.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: Becomes a thing in the Journeys anime; in JN003, it mimes vacuuming in Ash and Go's dorm room while they're sleeping, and really sucks the sheets off their beds.

Kanto Elite Four

    Lorelei (Kanna)/Prima

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

  • An Ice Person: She has Ice Pokémon.
  • Break the Haughty: Ash had been getting a pretty big head about his winning streak, and even tries to goad Lorelei by claiming she is afraid to battle him. Sure, one of the best trainers in the region is intimidated by a random big mouth. He gets a few hits in, but she still demolishes him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lorelei's Slowbro makes quick work of Charizard.
  • Dub Name Change: Was called Prima in the English dub of the series, rumor has it that it was due to trying to match the mouth movements. (Namely due to how "Prima" has the same amount of syllables as "Kanna" which is her name in the Japanese version). But in Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64, her name was restored to Lorelei.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: People often joke that this is how Misty reacted to her in Lorelei's episode in the series.
    • A little hero-worship was definitely involved, given how she gushes over the Water-types which Lorelei has trained.
  • Hotter and Sexier: While Lorelei was never ugly to begin with, in the anime they made her body to be considerably "curvier" so to speak, though Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64 plays around with this by even making her personality a little bit flirty.
  • Making a Splash: She is admired by Misty because of her Water-Type Pokémon.
  • Meaningful Name: Lorelei is known as Kanna in Japan which means "Well Blossomed Flower" which did cause some dirty jokes about how "Well Blossomed" she is.
  • Ms. Fanservice: God ''damn''! Apparently, Buxom Is Better. And boy, She's Got Legs.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: An intentional example on her part. Outside of battles she's very kind and warm with everyone. In battle, she turns cold and merciless like ice.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 Kanto Pokémon League.
  • Humble Hero: Who would have thought one of the Elite Four could be this down-to-Earth?

    Agatha (Kikuko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Sugiyama
Voiced in English by: Allyson Johnson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriela Gómez

The third member of the Elite Four. Agatha was surprisingly absent compared with the other three during the original series, but by the Hoenn season, she is shown to be the temporary Viridian gym leader.

  • Composite Character: Kinda. Her taking over the Viridian gym after Giovanni is taken from Gary, but even then, is a temporary role.
  • Cool Old Lady: She may have been a really late cameo as a temporary gym leader of Viridian City and does not do all that much more than that but at least she certainly gets to show off her skills as a Pokémon Trainer.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Gengar's Double Team.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: It looks quite Victorian.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Heck, her Pokémon also have purple in them!
  • Kicked Upstairs: When Ash meets her, she's substituting at the Viridian Gym until a new official Gym Leader is found.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Golbat's Supersonic.
  • Psychic Powers: Gengar's Hypnosis and Dream Eater combo.
  • Soul Power: She's a Ghost-type trainer.
  • Out of Focus: She was the only member of the Elite 4 to not appear in the original series besides being shown as a silluote, it took until Battle Frontier where she finally appears.

    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)

Champion of the Elite Four.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as he actually appeared in about 4 episodes.
    • Played straight in the 2019 series, making a single appearance in Galar to face off against Leon.
  • 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).
  • Shock and Awe: Dragonite's Thunder Wave.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Anime Original Series Cast


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