Series-wide: Ash Ketchum and Pikachu | Team Rocket Trio | Team Rocket Organization
Original Series: Ash's Pokémon (Kanto, Orange Islands, Johto)
Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | One-shot Characters
Advanced Generation: Ash's Pokémon (Hoenn) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains
Diamond and Pearl: Ash's Pokémon (Sinnoh) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | Villains
Black and White: Ash's Pokémon (Unova) | Supporting Cast | Rivals | Gym Leaders | Villains
XY: Ash's Pokémon (Kalos) | Supporting Cast | Rivals | Gym Leaders | Mega Evolution Special | Villains
Sun and Moon: Ash's Pokémon (Alola) | Supporting Cast | Kahunas and Guardian Deities | Aether Foundation | Villains
Journeys: Ash's Pokémon (Journeys) | Supporting Cast | Galar | One-shot Characters
Movies: Movies 1 to 19 | I Choose You! | The Power of Us
Tropes that apply to multiple members:
- Adapted Out: The Shadow Triad. The Sages also had their distinct, individualistic appearances and personalities removed. And thanks to their skipped debut, the BW1 team outfits also don't exist in the anime continuity, and along with them any members who sincerely desired to help Pokémon.
- Arc Villain: Thanks to the 2011 Japanese disasters causing their planned debut to be skipped, the organization has only been featured as the villains of the Episode N arc in the BW show's final season.
- Casting a Shadow: Multiple members have Liepard, and at least one is shown commanding a Bisharp.
- Cats Are Mean: As indicated above, Liepard seems to be the Mon of choice for most Plasma grunts, with even Aldith having one. At least three or four Zangoose have been separately shown under their command as well, including Weiss'.
- Dark Is Evil: Their uniforms.
- Demoted to Extra: The Seven Sages (sans Ghetsis) were reduced to appearing only in a flashback, and even had their distinctive features from the games completely altered. Most likely done to avoid worrying about their distinct personalities and giving them roles in the story.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Multiple Magnemite (along with Barret's Magnezone), and a Bisharp.
- Poisonous Person: Multiple Golbat and at least one Muk. Not to mention Schwarz's Seviper.
- Shock and Awe: Multiple Magnemite.
- Shout-Out: All the Pokémon they use are from families which Team Plasma uses in the games.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Masaki AizawaVoiced in English by: Bill RogersVoiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diego Armando Nieves
The shadowy leader of Team Plasma, foster father to N, Anthea, and Concordia. In BW112, Ghetsis is initially seen projecting his image in a hologram, through which he communicates with Colress. He subsequently appears in person for the first time in BW117.
- Adaptational Wimp: Not that he isn't a threat, but his plan rides solely on taming Reshiram through a device. Contrast with game Ghetsis who manipulates N to control the Legendary dragon and is implied fully capable of defeating it. This Ghetsis doesn't seem to have a team of his own, not even his infamous Hydreigon.
- Archnemesis Dad: BW118 reveals that: a) he is N, Anthea and Concordia's stepfather, like in the games; and b) they all oppose his goals and actions.
- Big Bad: Of the Episode N arc.
- Composite Character: The cool, collected personality of his original B&W persona is combined with the clothing and more open goals of his later, B2W2 counterpart.
- Dark Is Evil: He wears his black outfit from B2W2.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Two grunts had to stop him from pissing off Reshiram any further after it was freed from the device. Ghetsis still insisted on informing the dragon he can still order it around.
- Faux Affably Evil: Speaks in honorifics in the Japanese version to put in the appearance of being a gentleman. He isn't one.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Colress. In his first episode, he contacts him briefly through a hologram at Colress' current base of operations. Ash's group initially mistakes Colress for Ghetsis on their first meeting (having briefly heard the latter's name from Aldith) before being corrected.
- Orcus on His Throne: Ghetsis hides away in secret while his agents do his dirty work across Unova. BW117 even shows him literally sitting on a throne-like chair. He finally takes the scene in the three-part finale.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Both his visible left eye and the red visor covering his right eye, or possible lack of one.
- The Unfought: Like Maxie and Cyrus before him, we never see him battle anyone during his entire run on the show.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts losing it once the control device is destroyed and Reshiram freeing itself.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroki TochiVoiced in English by: Eli JamesVoiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Mendoza
Team Plasma's chief scientist, who experiments with technology in order to control Pokémon and strengthen the organization's plans; his own desires and priorities, however, appear to differ somewhat from those of his colleagues.
- Adaptational Karma: In the games, he got no comeuppance for his role in Team Plasma's destructive plan, mainly due to his disdain for Ghetsis and respect for the protagonist causing a HeelFace Turn. The anime has him remain unrepentant and arrested along with the rest of the team.
- Adaptational Villainy: While his goals and allegiance are unchanged, anime-Colress is more psychotic and openly antagonistic than his game counterpart (who only revealed his allegiance to Team Plasma at the end, and was technically more neutral towards the player). He also reformed in the game, whereas in the anime he's arrested along with Ghetsis and the on-scene grunts, though he is considering changing his approach towards Pokémon...somewhat.
- Affably Evil: He addresses the heroes with laid-back cordiality, and speaks to them pleasantly (in contrast to Aldith and the other grunts' professionalism).
- Badass Labcoat/Badass in a Nice Suit: Both of these, as in the games.
- Combat Pragmatist: Once his machine is advanced enough, he can simply use it to take control of any opposing Pokémon and turn them against his enemies (with alarming swiftness, too). He doesn't need any Pokémon of his own...until it backfires when Pikachu fights back, again, and together with Reshiram destroys the machine, leaving him powerless.
- Curtains Match the Window: Yellow eyes that match the tone of his bright-yellow hair.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Colress is actually much more active and responsible for the evil done in Episode N than his boss, and is even a more competent schemer than him.
- Evil Genius: To Ghetsis.
- For Science!: His motive for being in Team Plasma at all. His response whenever one of the heroes called out their mons was essentially "Yay! More test subjects!"
- Large Ham: If his hand gestures, smirks, and talking about his experiments with delight are anything to go by...
- Manipulative Bastard: In BW119, he convinces Meowth to let him try out his machine on him to increase his strength, all in the purposes of testing its increasing power. Even though Meowth had trained his mind to resist its mind-controlling powers, he fell under Colress' control and had to be snapped out of it by Jessie and James - leaving them with nothing (they'd hoped to convince him to join them), and him with the satisfaction of knowing that his machine is getting more powerful. (Though Jessie and James do manage to plant a tracking device on Colress' machine which they make use of in the following episode.)
- Psychotic Smirk: Whenever good fortune or results occur during his experiments, such as Iris calling out Dragonite and his response is glee at having a new subject.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Aldith's Blue - while it's not hyperactive, he shows delight at seeing Pikachu's willpower overwhelm his own technology. Aldith needs to remind him that this is a setback to Team Plasma's plans.
- Taught by Experience: After the initial encounter, he tweaked his EM-wave machine so it would not be blocked by the cubes Looker used, strengthened it so Pikachu couldn't will himself out, and generally made sure the device was either attended to by Plasma or kept safely away.
- This Cannot Be!: Starts freaking out once Pikachu repeatedly keeps resisting his device and helps Reshiram do the same. And it just snowballs from there.
- Villainous BSoD: In BW122, when his mind-control machine is destroyed. He gets over it in his last scene, though.
- We Can Rule Together: Team Rocket offers him a chance to quit Team Plasma and join them instead. He declines, since he really wants to meet and control Reshiram.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Akeno WatanabeVoiced in English by: Lori GardnerVoiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irene Jiménez
A female Team Plasma member, first appearing in BW112. Holding rank and file over her fellow grunts, she answers directly to Colress and appears to be his own subordinate specifically - as well as being a leash on his more excitable personality.
- Ascended Extra: The Episode N opening depicts her, in one shot, as the only colored Team Plasma grunt, making her stand out above the rest. True to that, she so far appears to have a more distinct role than the others.
- Canon Foreigner: Her design already existed in "Black 2 & White 2", but only as that of the generic female grunts. Aldith appears to have her own distinct personality and rank within Team Plasma, similar to the Team Rocket trio.
- Casting a Shadow: Liepard.
- Cats Are Mean: She owns a Liepard.
- The Comically Serious: Frequently, especially when around Colress.
- Mook Lieutenant: Though she wears the same uniform as the rest, she's also the only female Plasma grunt seen and the others seem to defer to her, even Barret.
- Number Two: She's rarely seen away from Colress and seems to be his direct subordinate.
- Only Sane Woman: Whenever she has to remind Colress not to get to into the data of his experiments over the mission and gets annoyed when he is happy about the results in spite of failure.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Colress' Red, being more straight-laced and serious and scolding him when he gets too excited (specifically, when he was pleased at Pikachu's willpower breaking his control over it, as they had no time to study it and needed to focus on perfecting the machine).
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Team Plasma agent seen in the anime - but as stated, she holds rank over the other Grunts, so it all evens out.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kensuke SatoVoiced in English by: Darren DunstanVoiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlo Vásquez
A male Team Plasma member, first appearing in BW118. Like Aldith, he seems higher-ranked than his colleagues (though not on her level), as he is first seen leading a mission to apprehend N for Ghetsis.
- Ascended Extra: Depicted in the Episode N opening (on the Plasma helicopter with Aldith and her Liepard), he's given a distinct role and persona in the series proper.
- Canon Foreigner: His design already existed in "Black 2 & White 2", but only as that of the generic male grunts. Barret appears to have his own distinct personality and rank within Team Plasma, similar to the Team Rocket trio.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Magnezone's Gyro Ball.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Magnezone's secondary type.
- King Mook: His Magnezone is more powerful than either the Liepard or Muk his underlings in BW118 use - it takes on Pignite and Oshawott, defeats the former (which has a type-advantage), and finally needs to be taken down by Pikachu himself.
- Large Ham: In contrast to Alidth's usual composure.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Magnezone's Supersonic.
- Mook Lieutenant: Of a lesser rank than Aldith.
- Shock and Awe: Magnezone's primary type.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yukito Sōma (Schwarz) & Naoki Koshida (Weiss)Voiced in English by: Ryan Stadler (Schwarz) & Benjamin Becker (Weiss)Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Benjamín Rivera (Schwarz) & Javier Olguín (Weiss)
A pair of partnered Team Plasma grunts, appearing in BW114. Having kidnapped a Braviary, they thus attempt to apprehend N when he attempts to rescue it. In battle, Schwarz uses a Seviper and Weiss uses a Zangoose.
- Casting a Shadow: Seviper's Bite.
- Cats Are Mean: Zangoose, being based off the cat-like mongoose.
- Dual Boss: Ash's Pikachu and Iris' Excadrill faced down Zangoose and Seviper, respectively.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Zangoose's Iron Tail.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Seviper's Screech.
- Man Bites Man: Seviper's Bite.
- Meaningful Name: Schwarz and Weiss mean, respectively, "black" and "white" in German while their Japanese names have the Italian names for the colors. Their Mons also sort of match them based on color (Schwarz has the dark Seviper, Weiss the mostly-white Zangoose).
- Nominal Importance: Having their names revealed gives them a competence level most grunts don't have, making them fairly capable adversaries - additionally, having trained two Pokémon who are normally mortal enemies into being capable battle-partners (Zangoose and Seviper) indicates some level of distinctive personality and skill.
- Odd Friendship: These are the first Seviper and Zangoose seen in the anime to fight together, let alone so well.