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     Trip (Shooti) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Akeno Watanabe
Voiced in English by: Jamie McGonnigal
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jaime Alberto Carrillo

Ash's main rival in Unova. He is also a Pokémon photographer.


  • Always Someone Better: Played straight at first, but ever since he tied with Ash during their third battle his strength was considerably downplayed. He retained an undefeated record against Ash until his last appearance, and was often shown to be ahead of him in Gym badges, but had a rather poor track record against everyone else.
  • Anti-Climax: Despite being Ash's main Unova rival, who was established in the very first episode, his final battle with Ash is a 1v1 in the preliminary round of the League. Not only that, but his Serperior was taken out in a single hit after all was said and done, with Trip leaving halfway through the episode as the focus quickly shifted back to the other rivals.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A classic case, what with his obsession with gaining greater strength than other challengers.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Wanted to be a trainer after watching the Champion Alder battle. While he promised himself that he would become a trainer so he could face Alder one day, it's to be noted that his overall cheerfulness as a child is gone by the time he starts as a trainer.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Trip hates being called a "kid" or getting called out for being childish. Iris doing it gets to him twice.
    • Getting rejected also doesn't seem to faze well with him, especially when it's by his idol.
  • Book Smart: In contrast to Ash's Book Dumb, but somewhat deconstructed as he's not used to dealing against opponents who use out-of-the-box tactics.
  • Break the Haughty: Trip is sent through a Humiliation Conga midway through the series that culminates in him losing to Bianca in the first round of the Clubsplosion, forcing him to admit he's a long way from defeating Alder. His ego returns during the Junior Cup, especially after he wins, but is broken again after Alder wipes the floor with him. This time, it finally sticks.
  • Camera Fiend: A minor example as it's not to the extreme of Luke's obsession with filming. Trip is always seen with his camera though before he puts it away.
  • Canon Immigrant: Though he's been given the Ace Trainer's sprite and class, he and his team are available in a download for the World Tournament (along with the other three anime-origin rivals).
  • Catchphrase: Trip seems to be really fond of "the basics of Pokémon training".
  • Character Development: Trip finally understands that strength isn't everything after his battle with Alder and finally gets it into his head that he should appreciate his Pokémon and his journey more. He even speaks to Ash on even terms (even if it's short) without throwing any insults at him and actually looks forward to battling Ash at the Unova League. He still keeps his distance though and doesn't join up with Ash and his rivals.
  • Character Tics: Apparently when he's really happy (which is rare), he holds his arms in front of him when he's talking. It's almost similar to a certain spirit channeler from a certain lawyer game.
  • Cheerful Child: As a really young boy, though it's gone by his current age.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Trip's battles are these, whether he's on the giving or receiving end of them.
    • He effortlessly defeats Ash in their first battle, though this was only because Ash's Pikachu was temporarily rendered unable to use Electric-type attacks thanks to a lightning strike caused by Zekrom.
    • He wipes the floor with Ash again in their second battle, and this time, there's no easy excuse. It's a 5v5 match where Trip only even needs 3 of his Pokémon to win, and to top it off, 3 of Ash's own Pokémon are taken out in a single hit.
    • Every one of his Junior Cup battles is won with ease, with his Serperior not having taken even a single hit during the entire tournament.
    • Minutes after winning the Junior Cup, however, this streak is brought to a end: Alder's Bouffalant easily eats up Serperior's moves and takes him out with a single Head Charge.
  • Death Glare: He weaponized this using his Serperior's Leer. By lowering their opponents defense, he could wipe them out with a single solar beam.
  • Fantastic Racism: For some reason, he doesn't think too fondly of the Kanto region or the people from there, referring to them as the "boonies". It's never explained why he has this attitude.
  • Foil: To Ash.
    • Both of them are trainers starting out their journeys in Unova, but Ash is a highly experienced trainer who had been reset to lose most of his skills, while Trip is a new trainer with a firm understanding of the basics.
    • Ash is a Nice Guy with close traveling companions, while Trip is a Jerkass with an elitist view towards Kanto and a loner with no one but his Pokemon to travel with.
    • Both also seek to become the best in their fields, but Ash wants to be a Pokemon Master, while Trip wants to beat Alder and become Unovan Champion. While Ash has only gotten stronger since this series, and is well on his way to facing the most powerful trainers in the world, Trip got knocked out of the preliminary rounds in the Unova League and has yet to return, never accomplishing his dream because Iris became Champion instead of him.
  • Glass Cannon: Trip's Serperior seems to be one as it can unleash powerful grass attacks and one-hit KO almost all of its opponents in the Junior Cup, but it goes down in one hit against both Alder's Bouffalant (during their exhibition match) and Ash's Pikachu (during the Vertress Conference).
  • Graceful Loser: To Cilan in the Club Battle tournament. He is upset about losing, but claims that he'll use that disappointment to help make him stronger rather than dwell on it.
    • Slightly less so to Alder, at first, but after a talk with his old idol, he takes it alright. And when he loses to Ash, he calmly accepts his defeat and they (kind of) start becoming friends.
  • Hidden Depths: The Sugar-and-Ice Personality rival was actually a Cheerful Child when he was much younger and an Ascended Fanboy of Alder.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How Trip ends up losing to Bianca. Not only underestimating her, but his Conkeldurr leaves himself wide open for attacks when Bianca's Emboar gets through his Rock Tomb. Bianca basically orders her Emboar to take those pillars that Conkeldurr uses in battle and throw them back in his face.
  • Humiliation Conga: After his first couple of appearances fuel his ego and Jerkass attitude, Trip is sent on a considerable downward spiral for the next several arcs.
    • His third battle with Ash results in a tie rather than the decisive victory that the first two were. What's more, the one loss he suffered during the battle was to Ash's Oshawott, one of his weakest Unova Pokemon, before it had even mastered Aqua Jet. It was even revealed by Trip himself that the reason Oshawott couldn't aim was because it kept closing its eyes, yet it still managed to defeat his Timburr.
    • He's cleanly defeated by Cilan in the first round of the Club Battle, despite his Gurdurr having evolved since its last appearance and having the advantage over Cilan's Dwebble.
    • He finally reunites with his idol Alder after their first meeting years ago. Unfortunately for Trip, Alder appears to have grown near-unrecognizably senile and unserious within that timeframe: he spends his time getting distracted by women, shows that he barely bothered to remember Trip himself, misnames him constantly even in the present, contradicts the advice he gave when they first met, and rejects his request for a battle after not even bothering to finish his battle with Ash. By the time Trip leaves, he's left pretty sour at the experience.
    • Lastly, he enters the Clubsplosion tournament, only to lose in the first round again. Only this time, it's to Bianca — while she had taken a level in badass for this arc, she remains one of the least serious rivals in the series. It's even more humiliating given that Trip had openly dismissed her prior to the match.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He calls Ash immature, but is shown to be much more immature when it comes to certain subjects like getting Alder's attention.
  • Irony: He initially looks down on Ash for being a "backwater hillbilly" from Kanto, to which he refers to the region as "the boonies". Yet, the Kanto region was inspired by the real-life region in Japan and is one of the most highly developed, urbanized, and industrialized parts of it. The Unova region, on the other hand, was explicitly based on the United States of America, specifically, the Big Applesauce.
  • It Only Works Once: He was taken aback when his Servine lost to Ash's Snivy, thanks to the grass starter using Attract. He teaches Servine to counter it to avoid getting beaten like that again.
  • Jerkass: Much like Gary and Paul before him, he acts smug and condescending to most of the cast for the majority of his appearances. Ash gets it the worst, being the brunt of many rude stereotypes about his home region. It isn't until after his loss to Alder that he starts to treat others with respect, another thing he shares in common with Gary and Paul.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For what it's worth, he isn't wrong about Ash faltering as a trainer throughout Unova. Several of their battles demonstrate how poorly Ash's Pokemon were trained in this saga.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. He actually helped Ash realize why his Oshawott couldn't aim its Aqua Jet properly, but not without mocking him for the embarrassing detail that he's afraid to open his eyes underwater. He also took an interest in Iris in the same episode for being from the Village of Dragons, but just as quickly wrote her off for her strange Ice-type phobia and poorly trained team. His attitude does not change until much later when Alder defeats him in the Junior Cup.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He's well-noted for his anti-social behavior, as he apparently thinks interaction with others interferes with one's own personal growth.
  • Made of Iron: His Vanillite took two direct Flame Charges and an Ember from Ash's Tepig and still managed to get a tie with him.
  • Mood-Swinger: According to Alder and from what the audience sees, there are some hints that his personality does go 180 as shown in BW052 when he's quiet one moment and then rather hyperactive the next only to swing right back to his serious self near the end, only this time with actual anger rather than sulleness.
    • In later episodes he does smirk when he beats Burgundy and actually makes it past the first round but then at the end of the episode, he's glaring daggers.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Most of his team barely received any screentime or characterization despite his semi-frequent appearances. In fact, to date only Serperior, Tranquill, and Conkeldurr have appeared in more than one episode.
    • Oddly enough, Trip himself gets the least amount of focus out of all the rivals introduced despite being Ash's main rival. This is usually contributed by his leaving a tournament whenever he loses and thus feeling more like a background character.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Trip often insulted Ash for being from Kanto, which he refers to as "the boonies" and would occasionally suggest that Ash should return home. Apparently, the reason for this is that the stereotypes people from Kanto as hillbillies from a hick town, with Ash's spastic, reckless nature not helping to dispel these notions. Especially notable for being one of the very few examples of human-on-human racism in Pokémon.
  • Punny Name: Shooti coming from "photo shoot", and Trip possibly coming from "tripod".
  • The Quiet One: Even when sitting with everyone else in the Club Battle, he prefers talking to himself than with others.
    • In the Clubsplosion (the Club Battle's sequel), he doesn't even sit with the others, he just stands in a shady corner and comments on Ash's battle.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Lost respect for Alder after seeing him act lazy and foolish. Once the two battle and Alder wins, rather easily, Trip regains respect for him. Even after Alder loses to Iris and is dethroned as the Unova champion, he still deeply respects him, and is shown watching Iris's Masters Tournament match alongside him.
  • Reused Character Design: He looks a lot like Paul, just with slightly altered facial features and differently-colored hair.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His Vanillite. Ironically, Iris, who is scared of Ice Pokémon, thinks the exact opposite, which seems to disappoint it.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Most likely due to his unpopularity with fans, Trip is written off in a noticeably less climactic way than any of Ash's other main rivals. Rather than in a full 6-on-6 battle during a later round of the league, Trip is defeated in a 1v1 during the very first round, with Pikachu managing to defeat it with just a single hit. To top it off, he isn't really the focus of even his very last episode, as he leaves about halfway through with little fanfare and is never mentioned again. Additionally, Iris becoming Unova Champion in Journeys prevents him from making a proper return, as most of his Character Development was explicitly tied to the previous Champion, Alder. Compared to all of Ash's other main rivals (who all receive significant focus in at least one episode), his only appearance in Journeys involves a cameo of him watching the Masters Tournament along with Bianca, Stephan, Georgia, and Alder.
  • Signature Mon: Serperior is his go-to Pokemon for battle. It's especially glaring in the later half of the series — after the Clubsplosion, it becomes the only Pokemon he uses at all, the rest of his team vanishing without a trace.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Incredibly full of himself for a rookie trainer. He considers himself far above the rest of the cast despite his mediocre battle record, dismissing many opponents as a waste of his talents only to lose rather easily. It hits its peak during the Junior Cup, the one tournament he actually won; he fully believed he could defeat Alder, then take down Cynthia for afters.
  • Smug Snake: His Serperior is a literal example, with Trip himself following suit. His extreme arrogance serves as his downfall every time he enters a tournament; in all but one of them, he assumes his opponents will be easy pickings, only to be easily caught off guard and eliminated in the first round.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: It only takes mentioning Alder or for Alder to be in the area for him to start talking a lot with a high pitch voice. (In the English version, his voice while not as high started to sound like Barry given that they share the same voice actor). Conversely, his cynicism is taken to its max when directed toward Ash; following the incident in BW052, he appears to have become more withdrawn than before.
    • Taken up a notch (from its usual display) in BW039, where Ash is trying to get his attention. Trip obviously sees Ash but decides to turn the other way, much to Ash's annoyance.
  • The Strategist: Trip makes good use of basic techniques and common sense, devising a One-Hit Kill strategy with his Serperior that lets him sweep through the Junior Cup. However, this is also his Achilles' Heel — he thinks things through so logically and by-the-book that unexpected results and outside-the-box strategies catch him by surprise, which tends to lead to his defeat. This is how Ash and Pikachu defeat him — by powering up Pikachu's Iron Tail with Electro Ball, they not only match but surpass Serperior's Dragon Tail and defeat it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Of Cheren, being an aloof rival that aims to dethrone Alder and become the strongest Trainer, but is questioned by the latter on the true meaning of strength and what to do after achieving it. Trip is much more egotistical and haughty than Cheren, however. Later on, the character makes his own debut in the anime, albeit based on his Black 2 and White 2 appearance.
    • His early appearances also made him appear to be one of Paul, being a stoic, arrogant Jerkass who criticizes Ash's skills and even has a very similar appearances and original Japanese names. However, their Hidden Depths and backstories are quite a bit different, as well as having very different reasons to dislike Ash (Trip's relationship with Ash is less tense and pettier, making it somewhat closer to Gary in that regard). Not to mention he has about a fraction of Paul's skills.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Played straight and subverted. After losing both the Club Battle and Clubsplosion in the very first round, Trip absolutely steamrolls through the Junior Cup, his Serperior dodging every single attack while one-shotting all of its opponents in return. His next battle with Alder quickly flattens his record, though it's partially justified given that Alder is the Champion of the region. By the Unova League, however, he's brought right back to square one, knocked out by Ash in one shot during the first round once again.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: What happened to the happy little boy in the flashback that made him the aloof rival now?
  • The Worf Effect:
    • He subjects Ash, a far more experienced and powerful trainer, to this every time they fought, from their first meeting onward. Until the preliminary round of the Unova League, Ash could never beat him (though this could be chalked up to him forgetting much of the skills he had in the previous seasons this time around). Best exemplified in their first meeting, where his freshly-obtained Snivy managed to get the upper hand on Pikachu with a Tackle, due to the fact that an unexpected meeting with Zekrom left the poor electric mouse unable to use Thunderbolt or Volt Tackle.
    • On the flipside, poor Conkeldurr — every time it appears, in each stage of its evolutionary line, its purpose is to look tough and imposing so that its opponents come off impressive for defeating it. Not only did it lose to Ash's Oshawott in their third battle, but was responsible for him losing both the Club Battle and Clubsplosion in the first round.
    • Another example occurs after Trip wins the Junior Cup. In spite of him winning the tournament without having been touched even once, Alder effortlessly defeats him to prove he has indeed earned the title of Champion.
    • And when Trip finally loses to Ash, it's in the preliminaries of the Unova League. Serperior relentlessly pummels Pikachu for minutes on end, yet gets taken out in one shot just to show off Ash and Pikachu's determination.
    • To sum it up, despite being the main rival of the Black and White series, he loses the first round in three of the four tournaments to Cilan, Bianca (who Took a Level in Badass) and Ash respectively. He only wins in the third one because of his strategy, which largely involves one hit KOing his competition.

     Bianca (Bel) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Shizuka Itō
Voiced in English by: Bella Hudson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Lupita Leal

One of Ash's rivals in Unova.


  • Aside Glance: She waves to the audience upon introducing herself.
  • Berserk Button: As shown in her battle against Stefan, she does not like her opponents dodging because she says it's cowardly.
  • Color Failure: Minccino in BW025 after his Attract failed to hit Emolga.
  • Crash into Hello: A running gag with her, with Ash being knocked into water every time.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She might not look like it and she may have lost a lot of her matches on-screen, but she has had a lot of success off-screen multiple times.
    • Also worth noting is that she won her first two badges using only her starter Pokémon, since she only had Pignite prior to BW013. To add, she only spammed Flame Charge the entire time.
    • Finally, her breakthrough comes in the form of the Clubsplosion, where she defeats both Trip and Georgia with her newly-evolved Emboar. Both opponents were fully evolved, especially the Conkeldurr.
    • And by the time BW103 rolled around, she had enough badges to participate in the Unova League (at least eight).
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Enough to end up crashing into Ash everytime she shows up and have a Catchphrase centered around it ("Out of the way!")
  • Dumb Blonde: In BW013, she orders Ash's Pikachu to use Zap Cannon on Minccino. Ash informs her with an annoyed face that Pikachu cannot use that move, much to her dismay and she STILL informs Pikachu to give it a shot. Pikachu then gets an annoyed facial reaction. This would have been averted if this was Generation II (Johto) only, since Pikachu could learn the move. This is no longer the case Generations after.
  • Energy Weapon: Her Escavalier can use Hyper Beam, which manifests as a powerful beam of normal-type energy.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: She's travelled with Ash and Co. a couple of times (BW024-BW025, and BW062-BW063).note 
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Coupled with the innocence, naivity and immaturity that this trope entails, and she's definitely pretty as well.
  • Hartman Hips: A rare anime and non-mature example, but Bianca does have it going on, although her in pajamas may suggest that her skirt may just be very thick.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How Minccino was caught. When Bianca pulled out a dirty Poké Ball, Minccino (still wild at the time) was so desperate to clean it that he scuttled right up onto her shoulder and started dusting it with his tail...which caused the ball to open and suck him in!
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Especially in her earlier episodes, especially especially in the Club Battle arc. She dials it back in her later appearances after her character development, though.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Bianca can be unknowingly inconsiderate.
  • Jerkass Ball: During the Club Battle arc, she was asked by Luke to film his battle, but instead focused entirely on his Zorua (who wasn't even in the battle). When Luke called her out on it, she haughtily acted like she hadn't done anything wrong.
  • Jobber: The primary reason for poor Bianca's inclusion in the Unova League appears to be to show off how talented Cameron is, in spite of Cameron's... lack of smarts.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Downplayed: in the Japanese ending theme Let's Join Hands, she becomes rather upset when Professor Juniper gives her the news that Ash has left Unova and that he didn't tell her beforehand.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She can't stop touching the other female competitors, but this is due to her thinking that they're all Zorua.
    • And then in the Clubsplosion arc, she can't stop obsessing over (and touching) the various Fighting Pokémon's muscles.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted in the dub. Bianca from Pokémon Heroes has the same name as her.
  • Out of Focus: She appeared fairly prominently in Season 14, but after the midway point of Season 15 (the Clubsplosion), she didn't reappear until 30 episodes later in BW103, in early Season 16. Then she disappeared again. Then she reappeared in one of the ending themes...then got cut out of most of it in favor of live-action footage of the singers. Her fans were not pleased.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Searching for things (Ash's badge case, a Pokéball) in her bag. It took so long that Ash and Cilan's clothes have already dried up and they were changing into them by the time she found what she's looking for. Even in a meta sense, it lasted 22 seconds.
  • Overprotective Dad: Just like in the games. She mentions that it took forever to get her dad to let her start a journey on her own. Said dad tries to take her back home in BW049 and almost succeeds, fortunately Ash and the group interferes.
  • Plucky Girl: In her own words when pursuing Emolga, "I'll NEVER give up!"
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Minccino and Shelmet. She doesn't seem to have any others though (much to her dismay).
  • Running Gag: Is usually a part of or facilitator of a different one per arc of appearances, but the one constant recurring gag is knocking Ash into a body of water (plus Cilan the first time it happened). Perhaps you could call it a gag about running?
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Luke's Savvy Guy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Ash's very first female rival (sort of...she's more frequently a companion than a rival.)
  • Ship Tease: The Clubsplosion tournament features her fangirling over Sawk and clinging to Stephan.
    • The Unova League has her giving ice cream to Virgil and his Eevee, watching fireworks with him, cheering him on during his part of the finals and after he wins, tries to give him a "special present" to him and his team for winning the tournament.
  • Stocking Filler: She wears orange tights under her dress.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: When she's present, she's the Girly Girl to Iris' Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her Pignite has evolved into Emboar by the time of the Clubsplosion, and they defeat Trip and Georgia in the respective first and second rounds.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Ash risked his journey in a battle with her father in BW049, she's become less clingy and selfish in all subsequent appearances - notably, she's taken to apologizing profusely whenever she knocks him into a body of water these days, and is less obsessive over obtaining "cute" Pokémon than she used to be.
  • Volumetric Mouth: She often gets one when she's excited.
  • The Worf Effect: For a while, she had never won a battle on-screen, even though both her Pignite and Minccino have either been shown or implied to be decent battlers.
    • Though not quite victory, in BW063 she and Professor Juniper face Ash and Cilan in a tag battle — using their newly traded and evolved Escavalier and Accelgor - and manage to co-ordinate well enough to defeat Boldore before Crustle seals a victory with Rock Wrecker.
    • She finally breaks through in BW072 where she beats Trip and Georgia with her Emboar.
    • Played straight as an arrow when she faces Cameron in the Unova League, especially considering her improvement and the circumstances that lead to her ultimate defeat (Emboar can't hit Riolu because he's too small and fast.).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She shows major signs of improvement during the Clubsplosion, and even makes it into the Vertress Conference. Right as it looks like she's going to give a repeat performance...she loses (barely) to new rival Cameron in round 2. In the Top 64. The saddest thing is that the writers didn't at least let her get further before pulling the rug out from under her feet.

     Burgundy (Cabernet) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Ikumi Hayama
Voiced in English by: Suzy Myers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alondra Hidalgo

A Pokémon connoisseuse and self-proclaimed rival to Cilan.


  • Biting the Handkerchief: Does this while insulting Cilan's Pokémon food for Snivy in front of him. Needless to say Snivy isn't pleased with her comments (see Butt-Monkey below).
  • Butt-Monkey: Every appearance of hers puts her through constant pain and misfortune, though she mostly deserves it on account of her incompetence.
    • Her Establishing Character Moment has Burgundy deliver her trademark Know-Nothing Know-It-All evaluations to Ash's Pokémon, which results in each of them attacking her as her comments devolve into insults. She continues to demean all of Ash's Pokémon even after they attack her.
    • During the Club Battle, Ash's Snivy literally Vine Whips her in the butt for her bratty behavior all throughout the tournament.
    • Furthermore, she fails to make any legitimate progress as a battler or a Connoisseuse for the entire series. She doen't win even a single battle onscreen despite her relatively high number of appearances, and never rose out of the C-class Connoisseur ranking before being written off.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Anytime someone questions her evaluation skills or abilities as a Trainer (which they're pretty much always correct in doing), she furiously refuses to listen.
  • Catchphrase: "Alors! It is Evaluation Time, s'il vous plaît!"
    • One could also make the notion she has a second catch phrase in "I HOPE YOU ALL LOSE!!!"
  • Character Development: Her's is, like her character, all over the place. Throughout the Club Battle, culminating in actually coming to respectful terms with Cilan. When she returns in the Clubsplosion arc, she's shown to still find his attitude annoying — as a bonafide Tsundere, she's quick to return to antagonism when he asks her if she's advanced her Connosseuse ranking (she's still only C-Rank). Listening to her dialogue indicates that the respect has stuck somewhat, but that she: A) still has a ways to go before being fully civil with the guy; and B) seems unwilling to admit yet that she looks up to him. In the Junior Cup, however, she has a moment where she's almost blatantly crushing on him while wishing for him to beat Trip (though she reverts back to her normal behavior when Trip beats him.)
  • Chuunibyou: She believes that her evaluation skills are on the level of an A-rank connoisseur. Her C-class rank indicates otherwise.
  • Comically Lop Sided Rivalry: Despite her determination and noticeable Character Development over the series, Cilan easily outclasses her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple eyes, purple hair.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She wants to humiliate Cilan in battle because she lost her first gym challenge to him.
  • Drama Queen: She cranks up the ham — and the volume — at every possible opportunity.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Stoutland's Fire, Ice and Thunder Fang attacks.
  • French Jerk: Downplayed since she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • She's also not really French - in the dub, at least, where she gives the impression of trying to put on a French accent to make herself look more impressive and glamourous (explaining away her atrocious accent).
  • Gratuitous French: Has more of this in the English dub (presumably because the Japanese voice actress is less skilled at speaking French).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The littlest things can set her off... sometimes Cilan's existence to her can set her off.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Quite literally during the last round of the Club Battle.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She tends to evaluate others' Pokémon based solely on first impressions, rather than looking any deeper.
  • Humble Pie: Cilan gives her a rather cruel one when he defeats her Pokémon without taking any damage. To add to the insult, he was toying with her Sawsbuck with his Pansage when all he had to do was one-hit KO it with a Solar Beam. Though, in his defense, he really was trying to teach her a meaningful lesson.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She calls Cilan "arrogant", despite her own overblown ego.
    • Her vendetta against Cilan is based on Cilan supposedly criticizing her harshly. Yet she often criticizes other trainers and their Pokémon harshly.
    • During the Clubsplosion, she insulted Cilan for losing in the second round, in spite of the fact that she lost in the first round. In fact, Burgundy has not had one single win in the series (except an off-screen win with Chili).
    • During the Junior Cup, she calls Georgia a "pipsqueak", even though Georgia is actually slightly taller than her.
  • Imagine Spot: ...Which has Cilan evilly taunting her and her Oshawott, then doing an Evil Laugh while Pansage cackles in the background.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Or more like "sympathetic rival." As infuriating as Burgundy can be, sometimes you feel so bad for her for her constant losing streak. Other than the off-screen battle she won against one of Cilan's brothers, she doesn't even get thrown a single bone.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's implied that Burgundy makes critical and harsh assessments of others' battling performances due to her insecurity about her losing streak and her low connoisseur class.
  • It's All About Me: When she learned Cilan had left the Striaton Gym, she quickly convinced herself that he knew she was coming for revenge and ran away to avoid it.
  • I Warned You: Tells Cilan during the Club Battle that he wouldn't make it past the second round. Needless to say, she's very pleased when this comes true.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be crazy, snobby and judgemental, but she really loves her Pokémon, even to the point of a very literal Pet the Dog during the Club Battle tournament.
    • Also, she's getting to be on better terms with Cilan now too, only getting angry at him as a reaction to something he unwittingly says or does, rather than trying to actively antagonize him.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Her "evaluations" aren't particularly well thought out (usually revolving around smell, or even taste), yet she acts like they're always one hundred percent accurate.
  • Large Ham: Like Cilan, she has her moments of this.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In her battle with Ash, she has Stoutland use Thunder Fang on the ground-type Palpitoad. This turns out to be a ruse to make Ash drop his guard, and she immediately swaps for Ice Fang. She still loses anyway.
  • Plucky Girl: Gotta give her one thing; skilled or not, she never gives up.
  • Self-Serving Memory: She imagines Cilan cruelly taunting her and saying she would never amount to anything as a Trainer after losing to him in a Gym Battle.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: She is constantly under the abuse of Ash's Pokémon as well as the people around her. Bianca for instance, glomps Georgia, tackles Iris, but with Burgundy? She tramples her.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • She believes she's always right when it came to criticizing Ash's Pokémon. Cue them all attacking her and she declaring that they all suck.
    • She also believes herself to be a superior connoisseur to Cilan, in spite of the fact that she is just a C-class (who is only qualified to be an assistant to higher-class connoisseurs), and Cilan is an A-class, which is the second-highest rank behind S-class.
  • Straw Loser: While she was made to be a rival to Cilan, she also comes off as very pathetic compared to not only Cilan, but to Georgia and Ash and co.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Georgia (she's the girly-girl, albeit a rather crazy one).
  • Tsundere: Type A to a ridiculous extreme at first, but mellows out into a Type B, albeit a fiery Type B (Example: In the Clubsplosion, she yells at Cilan to WIN his match against a one-shot character...but when he does win and celebrates it, she gets annoyed by his attitude and says she was wrong, he should have lost!)
  • Unknown Rival: Played with in regards to Cilan. He does remember her and has no ill will toward her, but never pays much mind to her threats or vitriolic attitude toward him. In BW042, however, he accepts her as his rival, which shocks her so much that she begins to actually appreciate him a little more.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to her at least before Cilan defeated her, complete with an innocent white dress in her Imagine Spot.
  • Vague Age: Burgundy looks like she could be anywhere in her early teens to early '20s.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Georgia at the Clubsplosion and Junior Cup. The two snipe at each other often, yet are constantly hanging out together regardless.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Burgundy doesn't show up again after the Junior Cup (not counting her appearance in the last Japanese ending), leaving her rivalry with Cilan without any real closure. It's also worth pointing out that she was established in her debut to be on a Gym quest as well, but is inexplicably absent from the Unova League.

     Stephan (Kenyan) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Tomohiro Waki
Voiced in English by: Darren Dunstan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Daniel Ramírez

Another one of Ash's rivals in Unova.


  • Accidental Misnaming: In a manner similar to Butch.
    • In Japanese, it's Kenyan, not Keniyan or Kaniyan.
    • In English, it's Stephan, not Stephan or Steven.
    • Finally starts averting it with the beginning of the Unova League, when everybody starts pronouncing his name right.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: One of the openings imply that Stephan is a martial artist. Fitting given that he's always seen with Sawk now. His attire lends credence to this as well.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever someone mispronounces his Japanese name as "Keniyan", which is often to his dismay. Semi-subverted in that he's (usually) more exasperated with it than "berserk" about it.
  • Big Eater: Rivals Ash in this regard. They even have an eating contest the night before their League match.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: His Sawk. Arguably Stephan himself, as he's a big guy with an eagerness for battle who is nonetheless quite kindhearted.
  • Canon Immigrant: Though he's been given the Black Belt's sprite and class, he and his team are available in a download for the World Tournament (along with the other three anime-origin rivals).
  • Catchphrase: Some variation of "Why won't anyone get my name right?!"
  • Casting a Shadow: In his Unova League with Ash, he uses the Dark-type Pokemon Liepard. Its attacks include the Ghost-type Shadow Ball and Shadow Claw.
  • Character Development: Through the Clubsplosion and Unova League (lampshaded by Iris in the latter, who says he's really matured.)
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: How does he get around the fact that his Sawk (part of an all-male species) would be targeted by moves like Attract? Train him really hard to develop defensive techniques, of course! There's a Hard-Work Montage/Training Montage superimposed over his explanation, too!
  • Cool Horse: His first shown Pokémon was Blitzle that would later evolve into Zebstrika.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Stephan predicted that Ash would use Palpitoad against Zebstrika, thus he made sure to teach it some Normal-Type moves, including Facade in the case if it suffers from a status condition.
  • Fauxshadowing: His Japanese name (Kenyan) and early use of Blitzle (later Zebstrika) would have you believe it's his main Mon. It later turns out that his key battler and closest partner is really Sawk.
    • With the reveal of his Liepard, his name becomes a Meaningful Name (All of his Pokémon are African themed).
  • Fiery Redhead: A redheaded guy with a Hot-Blooded personality.
  • Foregone Conclusion. Sort of. Stephan won the Wishing Bell Festival and wishes to win the Clubsplosion tournament. He does win ithe tournament, but not without working really hard to fulfill his wish.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a big guy, but outside of battle, he's very laid-back.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: From BW069-BW073, travelling with the group just prior to the Clubsplosion.
  • Hot-Blooded: He has a fiery, outgoing personality, in keeping with being a Big Eater and implied martial artist. He also gets really worked up in Pokemon matches, often shouting commands to his Pokemon.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Sawk is not only fast and a fierce physical attacker, but it can also take a lot of punishment before it faints.
  • Panthera Awesome: When he and Ash face off in the Unova League, his first Pokemon is a Liepard. Ash battles it with Krookodile. Krookodile wins, but Liepard puts up a great fight before going down. When Ash recalls Krookodile for some rest and sends him back out to fight an exhausted Sawk, Krookodile is still visibly battered and nearly loses.
  • Playing with Fire: Zebstrika's Flame Charge allows it to tackle its opponent while shrouded in flames.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Stephan predicted that Ash would use Palpitoad against his Zebstrika, who would be immune against Zebstrika's Electric-Type moves and would resist its Flame Charge. Thus, he replaces Zebstrika's entire moveset with Normal-Type attacks.
  • Pronouncing My Name for You: A Running Gag is that nobody can pronounce his name right. He has to clarify that it is pronounced "Stef-AHN", in response to people pronouncing it "Steven" or "STEPH-an."
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: When he's present, he's the Manly Man to Cilan's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shock and Awe: His first Pokemon shown onscreen is his Blitzle, an Electric-Type Pokémon that can draw lightning from the sky and use it in Electric attacks like Shock Wave and Thunderbolt. It later evolves into a Zebstrika off-screen.
  • Signature Mon: Sawk has been Stephan's main Pokémon ever since his debut in the Club Battle. Notably, he's the only rival Pokémon in BW to get its own individual spotlight arc, where he aimed to defeat Montgomery's Throh during the Clubsplosion.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: His Sawk is this — during the Clubsplosion, after defeating Throh he bows respectfully to his opponent before Throh faints...then he does a one-eighty, and he and his trainer begin hugging the life out of each other in glee.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His Sawk. Though it never seemed weak, the only time we saw it in battle before the Clubsplosion was when it lost to Iris' Emolga. Come the Clubsplosion, it takes down a Seismitoad, Cilan's Pansage, Bianca's Emboar and Montgomery's Throh, a Pokémon that was built up throughout the tournament as an enormously powerful opponent. This is lampshaded with a montage showing his and Stephan's intense training regime, as well as regular practice sessions in the Pokémon Center. This is proven even more in the Vertress Conference; despite being immensely weakend by Ash's Leavanny, Sawk still manages to win.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He had to dress up as Nurse Joy in a contest.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered this by Montgomery after Stephan defeated him in the Clubsplosion finals. He and Ash also view each other as this.
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     Georgia (Langley) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Misato Fukuen
Voiced in English by: Brittney Lee Hamilton
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Lourdes Arrouti

Self-proclaimed Dragon Buster and Iris' rival.


  • An Ice Person: Beartic and Vanilluxe, ideal for an anti-Dragon specialist.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Not a death example, but in the Japanese Decolore Adventures ending, Georgia is shown looking up a the sky wistfully after learning that Iris has left Unova to visit Kanto. She clearly misses her rival.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Every time she loses. Georgia claims this if she's beaten with a non-Dragon Pokémon or a Dragon poken that refuses to listen to the trainer.
  • Catchphrase: Georgia likes to say "better not lose" to her rival Iris.
  • Character Development: She Took a Level in Kindness during the Clubsplosion, and carried it further in the Ferroseed research facility episode.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: She devotes her life to to craft a battle style designed specifically to take down Dragon type Pokémon. Unfortunately, she ends up losing quite a fair bit in battles that aren't against Dragon Pokémon or share similar weaknesses to them (the only exception is a Joltik, which she still struggled). Unlike most cases of this trope, she still manages to put up a very good fight.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Received one from Iris' new Dragonite, who took everything Beartic hurled at before utterly demolishing the bear. She was more disappointed, however, by the fact that she hadn't lost to Iris since Dragonite was disobeying her at the time.
  • David Versus Goliath: Her Beartic versus Sylvester's four inches high Joltik. "Goliath" wins, crushing "David" under his weight when he collapsed from Thunderbolt.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She once lost to a Dragon trainer and has now made it a goal to go around defeating all Dragon trainers she comes across. One would think that this is just an overreaction, but her reaction to watching Axew using Outrage might indicate the loss was more serious than initially thought.
  • The Dragonslayer: Non-lethal variant, she specializes in using Pokèmon that either resist or do super-effective damage against Dragon-types, hence her using the part Steel-type Bisharp and Ice-type Vanilluxe and Beartic.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Georgia is introduced, viewers get to know her Freudian Excuse and how much of a jerk she is to Iris.
  • Evil Counterpart: Georgia is this to Iris. They are Mirror Characters to each other. While Iris teases Ash by calling him a kid and can be condescending, she still is a decent person who has good intentions and practices good sportsmanship regarding being an aspiring dragon trainer. Georgia, on the other hand, is unnecessarily rude to almost everyone she encounters, gloats when she wins battles, blames others when she loses, and doesn’t have that many good redeeming qualities.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Not in the romantic way, obviously. Georgia is one of the shortest trainers, yet her Beartic is an eight feet tall giant.
  • Hypocrite: During the Club Tournament, she claims Ash got lucky in defeating her, despite the fact that her first round win was entirely due to luck (as her weakened Beartic accidentally crushed her opponent's Joltik).
  • Hypocritical Humor: Her feud with Iris is based around this on both sides. They both think of themselves as far more mature than the other, something they disprove in almost every conversation they have.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • In her first appearance, she rightfully criticizes Iris for not having a lot of dragon Pokémon on her team since Iris wants to be a dragon master.
    • When she lost to Iris in the Junior World Cup, she argued that she lost to Dragonite, not Iris. Given that Dragonite was disobeying Iris' orders, she's completely right. Iris acknowledges this at the end of the tournament and promises Georgia that she'll have Dragonite under control by the next time they meet, so that Georgia can have the battle she wants.
    • During the same tournament, she calls out Burgundy for bragging about herself during Iris' second round match.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Started off as a straight-out Jerkass, but started to get better during the Clubsplosion, and her heart of gold status is solidified in the Ferroseed Research Center episode.
  • Kick the Dog: One might be able to let her bitchiness slide, but eating three other peoples' breakfasts? And then proceeding to say to make some more?
  • Large Ham: If someone goes around declaring themselves a "Dragon Buster", they're most likely a Ham.
  • Man of Kryptonite: the team she's training is tailored to take down Dragon-types in general, hence christening herself with the "Dragon Buster" monicker. She's usually successful too (though there are exceptions).
  • Meaningful Name: Her dub name "Georgia" is derived from St. George and the Dragon, a famous English tale of a crusader who...well, slayed a dragon. Her Japanese name refers to Asuka LANGLEY Soryu, another female red-haired Jerkass who is implied to have deep insecurities and an inferiority complex (along with Hidden Depths).
  • Mighty Glacier: Beartic is slower than all his opponents so far, and so relies on big, heavy blows. It caused him some trouble when facing Joltik, the smallest Pokémon there is...and a fast one to boot.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Following her accidental victory in the Club Tournament's first round, she gloats excessively about it to Iris, acting like it was some grand example of her skills.
  • Mirror Character: From Iris. While Iris is much more of a decent person than Georgia is, they are both immature and resort to petty squabbles, as evidenced by their Club Battle tournament interactions. Georgia even points this out.
  • Never My Fault: When Georgia loses, she will do anything to take the blame off of herself.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Burgundy vows revenge against Iris for a loss, Georgia tells her to butt out because Iris is her rival.
  • Pet the Dog: Shows some actual respect toward Iris after Iris wins the Club Battle tournament, and flat out encourages her to become a Dragon Master. She also shows a notably softer, more reasonable side around Bianca.
    • She actually doesn't get angry when she loses to Bianca in the Clubsplosion, and thanks her Bisharp for its effort when recalling it.
    • And of course, the Ferroseed research episode, where she shows great care for her Vanilluxe, helps rescue Iris and team up with her to solve the current dilemma, and then compliment her for doing well using her Vanilluxe, saying she'd make a good Ice Master.
  • Red Baron: Self proclaimed "Dragon Buster," and she backs it up. She defeats most Dragon-type Pokémon she faces with ridiculous ease.
  • Shout-Out: In Japanese, her name is derived from Asuka Langley Soryu, who she shares a number of personality traits with.
  • Signature Mon: Beartic is the Pokémon she uses in her first appearance and in all of her battles against Iris specifically.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Similar to Burgundy, she's the main victim of abuse during the Club Battle arc with Zorua constantly turning into her and then running away from Bianca who often causes her problems as a result.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Said a tie didn't count since it wasn't a dragon she tied against, and blamed her loss against Ash on the battlefield.
    • Says her loss to Bianca in the Clubsplosion doesn't count either as it wasn't against a dragon, but this time she's saying it directly to her Bisharp as a comfort, so she doesn't come across as badly.
    • Says that her loss to Iris in the Junior Cup wasn't to Iris, but rather Dragonite...and in this case, Iris ended up agreeing with her.
  • Tsundere: Like her buddy Burgundy, she started out Type A, but become more of a Type B once she started reserving her tsun side exclusively for her rival (in this case, Iris.)
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Burgundy (she's the tomboy, albeit a rather crazy one.)
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the Clubsplosion tournament. Took it even further in the Ferroseed Research episode.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: She does this towards Iris when she makes it past the first round in the tournament at Nimbasa Town. Iris just says that she believes that Georgia is more of a little kid that she thought.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Burgundy at the Clubsplosion and Junior Cup. The two snipe at each other often, yet are constantly hanging out together regardless.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Burgundy, Georgia doesn't appear again after the Junior Cup outside of the Japanese ending song "Let's Join Hands." This leaves her rivalry with Iris without much closure, as they never get to have that battle that Iris promised her.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • In the Club Battle, she says that she's actually pleased that Iris is getting stronger, since as a Dragon Buster, she'd rather defeat strong Pokémon than weak ones.
    • She was also disappointed when Iris used Excadrill in the last stage of the Club Battle, and outright pissed when it continues into the Clubsplosion tournament — since she wants Iris to be a real Dragon Master and a worthy foe for a Dragon Buster such as herself, she expects her to continue strengthening Axew and any other Dragon-types she might obtain.
    • Likewise, she's ecstatic when Iris gets a Dragonite, but only gets upset when Iris can't control it properly. And yet even after losing, she's still happy that Iris continues to use Dragonite in the tournament. The implication is that she would've been fine with losing to Dragonite if it was Iris calling the shots in the battle like a proper Dragon Master rival should do.

     Shamus (Suwama) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Jun Fukuyama
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Abraham Vega

One of Ash's one-shot rivals and the antagonist of the day.


  • Bad Boss: Orders his Heatmor to attack his Emboar to break the latter out of Snivy's Attract, showing he has no love for his Pokémon.
  • Expy: Much like Tepig was one of Charmander, Shamus is one of Damian. Both are awful, Jerkass Hate Sinks who abandon a Fire-type starter for being too weak, leaving it to almost die in the wild and laughing about it afterward. After witnessing their old Pokémon's increase in strength, they try to manipulate it back onto their team, only to be violently and rightfully rejected.
  • Hate Sink: The point of his character is to be despicable, much like Damian and Koji before him. At least when Paul abandoned his Pokémon (as horrible as that was), he never manipulated them into believing he once cared for them.
  • Jerkass: He abandons his Pokemon and even brags about it.
  • Jerk Justifications: He defends his releasing of Pokemon by claiming that forcing a weak Pokemon to battle is more cruel than just letting it go.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Shamus only wanted Pignite to rejoin him after it was proven to be strong after it evolved, and sarcastically apologized to it. Pignite sees through the bullshit and gives him a well deserved Flamethrower to his face for it.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Abandoned Tepig and openly admitted it during his tag team battle with Ash.
    • After he defeated another Trainer, he tried to force that Trainer to hand over his Pokémon to him. Thankfully, Ash was there to intervene.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He appears no older than the main cast and cruel is probably the nicest thing you can call him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shows this by not caring when Tepig begs and pleads for him not to abandon it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He not only loses to Ash, but he gets a Flamethrower to the face by Pignite after pretending to apologize to it and offer it a spot on his team.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He bragged about manipulating Tepig (and other Pokémon he released) into believing he once cared for it.
  • Meaningful Name: His name brings the word "shame" to mind, and his behavior is indeed nothing but shameful.
  • One-Shot Character: He only physically appears in Evolution by Fire!
  • Playing with Fire: Shamus has a thing for powerful Fire-type Pokémon, calling himself and his team the "Fire Warriors." Even his clothes have a red and black color scheme.
  • The Rival: He's a one-shot, character of the day rival for Ash.
  • Sadist: Not only is he incredibly manipulative, but he outright enjoys being so, his tearful face quickly turning into an evil grin as he released Tepig. He later laughs to Tepig's face about how easily he was able to manipulate it (and presumably many others) into thinking he cared.
  • Sore Loser: Played with. Shamus didn’t initially seem to have a problem with losing to Ash & just takes his loss as it is, but it's implied he was putting on another facade to get Pignite to leave Ash for him, angrily swearing revenge when Pignite burns his face in response.
  • Unseen No More: In Tepig's first episode, he was only seen in flashback and his face was not shown. He makes his first and only in-person appearance in Evolution by Fire!
  • Viler New Villain: In many respects, he's even worse than Paul.
    • While Paul was also a huge jerk who only cared about his Pokémon's strength and would readily abandon them if they weren't up to his standards, he treated the ones that were up to his standards with respect. Shamus's actions, however, border on criminal, forcing Trainers who lose to him to give him their Pokémon.
    • Also, Paul was at least honest about his harsh nature and would be upfront when he released a Pokémon, while Shamus would be emotionally manipulative to his Pokémon and drop the facade once he had no reason to feign caring for them.
    • Furthermore, Paul mostly treated his cruelty with indifference, only acting the way he does out of the desire to become strong. Shamus, on the other hand, is outright sadistic, laughing in Tepig's face about how easily some fake tears can manipulate his Pokemon.
    • On a lesser note, Paul occasionally had comedic moments. Shamus had none of the sort.
    • Finally, Paul went through a great deal of Character Development across his many appearances, and ultimately buried the hatchet with Ash after being defeated. Shamus is far more in line with Damian: a One-Shot Character and Hate Sink who clearly did not learn his lesson, and most likely never will.
  • You Have Failed Me: He abandoned Tepig after it lost a match to a Deerling, tying it to a post after it kept trying to follow him.

     Cameron (Kotetsu) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kōki Uchiyama
Voiced in English by: Rory Max Kaplan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Antonio Toledano

One of Ash's rivals from Unova, introduced in the Adventures in Unova season.


  • Canon Immigrant: Though he's been given the Youngster's sprite and class, he and his team are available in a download for the World Tournament (along with the other three anime-origin rivals).
  • Character Tics: Pulling his headband so it snaps on his forehead seems to give him focus.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his dull-wittedness, he still manages to defeat Marlon without that much difficulty.
    • His team — or what we see of it, anyway — is pretty impressive. He's trained a Lucario, Ferrothorn, Samurott, Hydreigon, and Swanna (plus a Watchog, shown in silhouette on the board during his match with Virgil).
  • Curbstomp Battle: Not excessively so, but the battlescreen shows that Virgil still defeated him 6-on-3 - meaning Virgil had half his team still active when he won. Not totally invincible after all.
  • David Versus Goliath: His somewhat small Riolu vs. Bianca's bulky Emboar. Riolu wins by using its own speed and size to its advantage.
  • The Ditz: Oh boy, is he ever! He didn’t realize that he needed eight badges to enter the Pokémon League when he only had seven, and took out a remote control instead of a Pokedex to scan Pikachu.
    • He also thought the league was going to be in Ecruteak City, which is in an entirely different region. Put bluntly, Ash looks smart when he's placed next to this kid! Even he finds himself frustrated at Cameron's dimness.
    • He also thought that the quarter-final match was 5-on-5 rather than 6-on-6 — Ash had to inform him that he'd accidentally handicapped himself, much to his chagrin.
    • Cameron also seems to struggle with remembering type matchups; he sent out the Grass/Steel-type Ferrothorn against the Fire/Fighting-type Pignite, as well as the Water/Flying-type Swanna against the Electric-type Pikachu, for no apparent reason. Both of them are quickly defeated as a result.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's even dimmer than Indigo League Ash, both in and outside of battle, and regularly handicaps himself through his mistakes. His team, however, is very powerful and well-balanced, which is seemingly what allows him to get away with his incompetence. His Hydreigon took down two of Ash's Pokemon with relative ease, while Lucario took out three.
  • Foil:
    • He and Ash get along so well because they're so similar. Like Morrison from the Hoenn League, he rather resembles a less experienced and more juvenile Ash, albeit with a more evolved team line-up. On the flipside, he's even more of a ditz than Ash is!
    • If Ritchie represented all of Ash's positive traits if he took training more seriously, Cameron represents Ash's negative traits as a rookie battler: a pure Invincible Incompetent who relies on brute force and random luck rather than skill. The way Cameron bulldozes through the league mirrors the way Ash himself progressed through the Indigo League.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Joins the group briefly for a trip to Humilau City, where he can challenge Marlon. He leaves afterwards.
  • Idiot Houdini: Cameron is very lacking for brains. He gets dates, times, and locations of important events wrong, almost tried to enter the Unova League in Johto and with only seven badges instead of eight, forgets to register even when he does get to the right location, and shows up to his six-on-six match with Ash carrying only five Pokemon! Somehow, though, he manages to avoid direct consequences for any of this: he just barely manages to qualify for the league after Ash begs Nurse Joy for it, and still beats Ash in their match because his Riolu evolves into Lucario in the middle of battle. Then averted when he loses to Virgil in the next round- his stupidity couldn’t get him everything, after all.
  • Invincible Incompetent: Played straight until the end of the Unova League: no matter how many boneheaded mistakes Cameron made, he won every battle he had onscreen. It's finally subverted when Virgil defeats him decisively in the semifinals.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares his Japanese name with Nagasone Kotetsu, who was a swordmaker. It fits in that one of his Pokémon is Samurott, which uses said weapons.
    • Also, "Tetsu" means "iron" in Japanese — another reference to Samurott's swords, but also to Lucario and Ferrothorn's Steel-typing — while "ko" can mean either "small" or "child".
    • This is also referenced in his English name, Cameron.
  • Mighty Glacier: Hydreigon's speed (while not pathetic) pales compared to its phenomenal Attack and Defense.
  • Noodle Implements: One has to ponder as to why he had a TV Remote in his bag on a Pokémon Journey.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. The Pokémon Ranger games also had a Cameron.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Riolu, until it evolves into Lucario and becomes a full-on Lightning Bruiser.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: After Dawn leaves in his introductory episode (BW093), he and Riolu take her and Piplup's places (respectively) in the Japanese opening credits starting with BW094.
  • Samus Is a Girl: His Samurott succumbs to Bianca's Emboar using Attract, and since Emboar is a guy...yeah, with those whiskers and such, it's unlikely anybody saw that coming.
  • Signature Mon: Riolu/Lucario is his main Pokémon, who stays out of its Poké Ball and most closely resembles his personality (in contrast to most Lucario, Cameron's is rather silly and fun-loving). It's also the only one of his Pokémon to have evolved onscreen.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: With Riolu, who serves as the Straight Man to Cameron's Wise Guy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sorta. His Riolu is clearly annoyed at his sheer ditziness, but still considers him his best friend. It's made much more apparent given that, like in the games, Riolu evolves into Lucario because of said bond.

     Virgil 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yūki Kaji
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Velásquez

Yet another Unova rival for Ash. The final one introduced, Virgil debuts shortly before the start of the Vertress Conference. He is a Rescue Worker, along with his older brother Davy. His team consists of a female Eevee and one of each of the "Eeveelutions", whom he regularly rotates similar to Ash and his Unova team. He ultimately ends up the victor of the Vertress Conference.


  • The Ace: By far and large the best non-E4/Champion trainer of Unova in Best Wishes, he defeats Cameron who in turn had defeated Ash previously and ends the series undefeated and winning the Unova League Conference.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns for the special episode before the 16th movie.
  • Canon Immigrant: Though he's been given the Pokémon Ranger's sprite and class, he and his team are available in a download for the World Tournament (along with the other three anime-origin rivals).
  • Generation Xerox: He and his older brother, Davy, are both involved in the Rescue Team business, just like their father Jeff.
  • Living Prop: Leafeon — comparatively, the rest of his team has either participated in said episode's conflict and/or were seen battling in the Vertress Conference. It does, however, appear as a silhouette on the display screen showing the teams he used in the 6-on-6 battles, so at least we know he used it. It also appears by his side in the Mewtwo special, and even then, it only uses one attack.
  • Merchandise-Driven: His Eevee team exists to advertise a whole bunch of Eevee merch in Japan.
  • Red Herring: Played with in that many expected him to be the one to face Ash and beat him, then go on to win the whole league. He never battled Ash, but he did battle and defeat Cameron (who did beat Ash), and Virgil did go on to win the entire league.
  • The Unfought: Due to Ash getting knocked out of the tournament by Cameron, Virgil is the only rival Ash never faces, and one of two (the other being Bianca) he doesn't battle in the Unova League.


Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Black And White Anime Rivals

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