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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 and onwards), 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.

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    Tropes related to Brock 
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Instead of just being the first gym leader encountered in Kanto, he's made into a man with his own aspirations to become a breeder (and eventually doctor)—and saddled with raising several younger siblings due to both of his parents being missing. That and he's pretty much unlucky at love every time he sees a pretty girl.
  • 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.
  • 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. He also serves as a literal Big Brother Mentor to his brother Forrest, his successor.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Not exactly Bishōnen, but whenever he has an Imagine Spot of wooing a beautiful girl, he's suddenly surrounded by them. Sometimes, his design is changed to make him look more handsome than usual.
  • Breakout Character: Brock has always been a supporting character, but is easily the most popular one alongside Misty. 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, he 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.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: G-rated. Despite all his horndogging and flirtations, he never goes beyond attempting to swoon women with flattery or doing what they ask, he's ultimately very respectful of their wishes no matter how heartbroken he may be afterwards, and when called out on his admirations of Jennys and Joys, because they are all identical, Brock actually lists subtle difference in some of their personalities, meaning he actually is one of the few people who doesn't see them that way. In addition, if a cute girl is actively in trouble, he throws any flirting aside and works on helping them like he would anyone else.
  • The Chosen One: Of Uxie. Fitting, that the resident The Smart Guy would be the one being chosen by the Pokemon that bestowed knowlege. That and he shares the squinty-eyes with the Mythical Pokemon.
  • Color Failure: During the Hearthome Tournament, he finds himself getting partnered with another attractive girl. Unfortunately, he's not her type.
    Holly: "I'm sorry, but I'm just not interested in younger men."
  • 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. He also appeared in two two-parters with Misty during Sun and Moon and a four-part special with Dawn in Journeys.
  • Covert Pervert: Surprisingly, his habit of falling in love with pretty ladies was unknown to his family until he returned from his Sinnoh journey.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He became Ash's ally after Ash defeated him at Pewter Gym.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Is obsessed with women, but he gets heartbroken every time. Even if the girl shows interest in him, usually Misty, Max, or Croagunk would take the chance away from him—or the girl would turn out to be not what she seems.
  • 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 his 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 he promptly got exasperated by his quirks, but before that, he was incredibly no-nonsense - almost like a smaller Lt. Surge. That said, fans still enjoy his antics, which would be why during his reunion with Ash in Sun and Moon he immediately flirts with a flight attendent rather than keep going towards Ash.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: After being Put on a Bus at the end of Diamond & Pearl and being absent for Best Wishes (except for a special post-series episode where he meets Cilan) and XY (aside from flashbacks), he, along with Misty, returns for two separate guest appearance arcs in Sun & Moon. He later makes another return with Dawn in a four-part special in Journeys.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • He is appalled when his mother Lola changes the gym to a water-type gym, yet since then has owned 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)
    • 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, though humorously, he often gets those he's navigating lost.
  • Nice Guy: A pervert he may be, but Brock is by far, one of the most patient, understanding, helpful people in the entire series. Even those who get annoyed at his antics can't deny how honest and good a person Brock is.
  • 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 actually very good at. There have been instances where the gang was lost, only for someone else to look at the map and immediately 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When Brock hits on girls, he tends to grab their hands and get in their personal space. He does this until Misty/Max/Croagunk pulls him away.
  • 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.
  • Odd Name Out: In the original Japanese dub, where's he's known as Takeshi, he's the only one of his family's children that doesn't have a numerical theme to it. In the same dub, he's also the only one whose name doesn't end in the letter "O."
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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 gets a few more focus episodes in Diamond & Pearl before leaving the show for a good few years.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Increasingly so, particularly in most of Sinnoh in comparison to Ash and Dawn. 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, 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.
  • The Reliable One: Probably the most dependable person Ash has ever traveled with, assuming he's not head over heels for some girl he just happened to spot.
  • Riddle for the Ages: We're probably never going to find out what on earth happened between him and Professor Ivy that, to this day, makes him assume the Troubled Fetal Position every time her name is mentioned.
  • 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.
  • 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 Ash and whichever female companion their traveling with, 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 (although Misty is 12 according to some sources), 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, with Brock often being shorter or around the same height as characters who are clearly adults. Other situations treat him as older however, particularly the fact a vast majority of the people he flirts with are adults themselves, with the few who reciprocate almost always in the 'adult' category.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Misty. They both may tease each other or occasionally snark at the other's expense, but have a strong friendship that shows that they really do care about each other. They're even shown to be close after their initial adventures together, and are always happy to reunite.
  • 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 how much focus they get. 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.
  • 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

    In General 
  • 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 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 Pokémon 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, particularly in the case of his Advanced Generation Pokémon. While each of his Sinnoh trio has appeared at least once since the end of Diamond and Pearl, Forretress, Ludicolo, and Marshtomp have not been seen since the Battle Frontier season.

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Original Series

Kanto

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

Onix is Brock's first Pokémon, which he received as a birthday gift from his father Flintnote . Onix serves as the Ace Pokémon of Pewter City's Gym Leader and it travels alongside its trainer throughout Kanto, the Orange Islands and Johto. In a decisive battle determining the fate of the Pewter Gym, Brock and Onix defeat Lola (Brock's mother) and her Mantine, which allows the Gym to remain as a Rock-type Gym. After that, Brock leaves Onix, Geodude and Crobat under the care of the family's second son Forrest, the new successor of the Pewter Gym, so that Brock's Pokémon would guide his younger brother to a proper Gym Leader.

While under Forrest's care, Onix has evolved into the Steel-type Pokémon Steelix and become considerably stronger and it continues to serve as one of the Gym's Pokémon despite no longer being a Rock-type. After several journeys, Brock has finally readded his first Pokémon to his current roster, which also has gained the ability to Mega Evolve into Mega Steelix.


  • The Ace: Steelix is Brock's starter and most powerful Pokémon, which was emphasized much more after evolving. It was able to battle powerfully alongside Ash's Donphan in Advanced Generation, defeat Kiawe's Turtonator in Sun and Moon (even tanking a super effective Z-Move after Mega Evolving), and hold its own against all three Galactic Commanders in Journeys.
  • The Big Guy: It was the largest Pokémon within the main cast during the original series and was Brock's strongest Pokémon.
  • David Versus Goliath: In a very classic fashion, Onix would often act as the Goliath to a much smaller opponent, notably Pikachu and Meowth, who both have type disadvantages against Onix. It's only that its weakness to water is exploited that they are able to defeat it, although in both cases, the battles aren't actually fair. The trope is later flipped during the first Chronicles special, where Onix is the David to Mantine's Goliath due to the severe type disadvantage Onix has against water, particularly in a field full of water. Onix manages to win thanks to his endurance and Brock's commands.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Its secondary type is Ground-type. As an Onix, it was also a Rock-type.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steelix's type is Steel-Type, exchanging its Rock-type for it. It has used Iron Tail and Gyro Ball, which are Steel-type moves.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Gentle Giant: Outside of battle. Especially prominent when ie 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. Even before it evolved, Onix had become so strong that it endured several Bubble Beams from Lola's Mantine.
  • Signature Mon: Onix/Steelix is Brock's one of two Signature Mon as a whole, although it suffered through being Out of Focus and being Put on a Bus. By the time of Sun & Moon, Steelix has come back as Brock's regular Pokémon, having finally catching up to Croagunk's status, the other Signature Mon.
  • Signature Move: Bind is its most commonly used move.
  • Super Mode: Gains the ability to mega-evolve in Sun & Moon.
  • Tail Slap: Knew Iron Tail during Advance Generation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Brock returned to the Pewter Gym, we finally get to see how strong Onix has become, being able to endure multiple Water moves and win against a Water Pokémon, a far cry from how it used to be easily defeated by water. Since Onix has been taken care of by Forrest, Onix has become even stronger a Steelix, and since Brock's return from Sinnoh, Steelix has grown stronger yet again.
  • 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, where it— and not any of Ash's Pokémon— is the one to defeat the villain's Tyranitar.
    • 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) 
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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.

    Zubat-Golbat-Crobat 
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Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki

  • Blow You Away: Knows Whirlwind.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes 165 and 196 of the original series, both being from the Johto Saga, focused a lot on it as a Zubat and Golbat respectively, and it eventually evolved in both episodes, into Golbat and ultimately into Crobat.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Knows Supersonic and Sonic Boom. The later being a move it can't learn in the games. Upon evolving from Zubat to Golbat, its Supersonic became much more effective.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We never see Brock actually catching Zubat. And Ash and Misty are just as surprised when he reveals his capture.
  • The Power of Friendship: Is it any wonder it took such a short time for Golbat to evolve into Crobat, after Brock's caring for it?
  • Super Speed: Like in the games, Crobat has incredibly high flying speed. Upon evolving from Golbat, it casually overtook Ash's Noctowl and Team Rocket's escape rocket with its newfound speed.

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

  • Asian Fox-Spirit: Blatantly based on such with its fox like appearance and multiple tails.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Johto

    Pineco-Forretress (Kunugidama-Foretos) 
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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 and Battle Frontier, 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: Pineco 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.
  • Signature Move: For Pineco it's Explosion, and for Forretress it's Rapid Spin.
  • The Stoic: Forretress; Pineco was a lot more excitable. It lost all of its personality quirks upon evolving, including its tendency to use Explosion when excited.
  • Spectacular Spinning: It learned Rapid Spin upon evolving, which became its Signature Move.
  • Spike Shooter: Knows Spikes.

Advanced Generation

Hoenn

    Lotad-Lombre-Ludicolo (Hassboh-Hasubrero-Runpappa) 
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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 his species, especially as a Lotad and a Lombre. Don't ever assume he's stupid, though. He loses his odd personality after evolving into Ludicolo, but became a very cheerful and always dancing Pokémon instead.
  • Confusion Fu: His battle style is unpredictable.
  • Green Thumb: His primary type is Grass and he knows the Grass-type moves Razor Leaf and Bullet Seed.
  • Keet: A female Mawile has a crush on Lombre, but Lombre being the Cloud Cuckoo Lander he is, doesn't show any signs of interest in her and ignores her all the time. But after evolving into Ludicolo, his entire personality changed and he falls in love with said Mawile...who loses interest in him and falls for a random Psyduck instead.
  • 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: His secondary type is Water and he knows Water Gun.
  • 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. When he was called out to battle the leader of a school of Sharpedo, Lotad quickly noticed something was wrong (Sharpedo had been poisoned by Jessie's Seviper), and along with Brock stayed by Sharpedo's side, even overnight. He was quite ecstatic to see that Sharpedo seemed to be recovering, and had its fin wrapped around Brock's back.
  • 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) 
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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, but he already knew Mud Shot as a Mudkip.
  • Lamarck Was Right: How else would you explain this? Upon evolution, Marshtomp inherited his trainer's quirk of falling in love with females regularly.
  • Making a Splash: The Water-Type Starter of the Hoenn region.
  • Out of Focus: Among the three Hoenn Starters, he receives the least amount of screentime.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The one member of the Hoenn group's Starter trio that saw the least action, hence his evolution coming late, and the only one to never even reach its final stage.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Towards Brock in his first appearance. In general, he'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.

Battle Frontier

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

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows the Fighting-Type move Hammer Arm.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sudowoodo makes a surprise reappearance in the Sun and Moon series, where he has a friendly battle with Olivia's Lycanroc. He's also shown to have learned the moves Feint Attack and Low Kick.
  • 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 to copy other moves.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: It is a Rock-type Pokémon and the first newly obtained Rock-type since Brock's introduction.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Bonsly was caught during Advanced Generation despite it being a Generation IV Pokémon. Naturally, he later accompanies Brock to Sinnoh, though ironically he evolves into his Generation II form quite early in the series.
  • Out of Focus: Downplayed. Sudowoodo received less focus than Croagunk and Happiny, 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, evolving from a whining baby that needs constant care and attention to a soldier-like strong battler.
  • 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: As a Sudowoodo, he developed a highly chipper attitude and was always happy to help Brock out. It's a more endearing example than most, though, as he's obviously very devoted to his trainer.

Diamond & Pearl

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

  • Ass Shove: Croagunk's Poison Jab almost always is depicted like this.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His primary type is Poison, but his secondary type is Fighting and he knows Brick Break.
  • Beat: Croagunk is the source of a lot of awkward silences...just staring...and croaking...
  • The Bus Came Back: Croagunk reappears in JNS02 after his absence from Sun and Moon. He is revealed to be one of Brock's medical assistants, helps battle against Team Galactic, and resumes his usual role of jabbing Brock.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he takes delight in his violence towards Brock whenever he flirts 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. In the Japanese version, instead of Pokémon Speak, it's an actual Evil Laugh...
  • 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 Jessie 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, even if half his screen-time is him giving Brock a poison jab to the rear.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: His intense rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak trggers his Anticipation ability.
    • When Brock would flirt with other ladies while Team Galactic is hidden nearby, even Brock self-stopped his advances on purpose and checked on Croagunk to see what was wrong.
    • Taken a lot more personally in the Journeys Special Episode "Arceus, the One Called a God" where Croagunk would instantly pop out of his Pokeball when Toxicroak was responsible for the chaos.
  • 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. For example, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in "Doc Brock" - after Pachirisu has recovered from its sickness thanks to Brock and he agrees to lecture Ash & Dawn about medicine, the screen briefly shoots to the window to show Croagunk, eyes closed in that Animesque manner characters have when they're being tender. Besides the subject matter of the episode, that heartwarming little shot gives subtle Foreshadowing to Brock's eventual decision to become a Pokémon Doctor.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: In spite of being small for a Pokémon, he's got enough power in him to lay down the hurt when needed. Notably, during a Croagunk contest in Pastoria City, he's able to smash a pile of bricks without breaking a sweat, and he's (eventually) able to bring down Saturn's Toxicroack.
  • Poisonous Person: His primary type is Poison and he knows Poison Stab and Poison Sting. He keeps using Poison Stab to incapacitate his trainer.
  • 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.
  • Seen It All: Like Ash, he'll occasionally react to the crazy things he's been through a lot more casually than someone completely fresh about such things, like being contacted by the Lake Guardians during Arceus Chronicles.
  • 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.
  • Signature Mon: Over the course of the series, Croagunk has become Bronk's closest Pokémon and his main battler, aside from Steelix, and Croagunk has doubled as one of the main cast's mascots during Diamond & Pearl.
  • Signature Move: Poison Jab. Which is also used as a replacement of dragging Brock by the ears. Instead, Croagunk uses Poison Jab to Ass Shove his trainer and then drags him out of the scene.
  • 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 in Sun & Moon, where he's not seen or mentioned at all during either of Brock's return appearances, with Brock only using his Kanto Pokemon and Sudowoodo. Justified since Misty was there to reel him in whenever he started fawning over a pretty girl. Averted when he reappears in JNS02.
  • 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-Blissey (Pinpuku-Lucky-Happinas) 
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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.
  • Badass Adorable: As a Happiny, it was the cutest little thing you could ever see...and had the strength that could rival even The Hulk.
  • The Bus Came Back: After her absence from Sun & Moon, she returns in Journeys and retakes her role as Brock's main medical assistant. She's also revealed to have evolved into Blissey and learned several new moves, which she shows off in the battle against Team Galactic.
  • 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 having the most pitiful Attack 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.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Happiny has ridiculous strength. Throughout the DP series, Happiny being able to use Pound and knock people far out of left field overshadows that not only is it a baby Pokemon, but the game's data shows it only having the worst Attack with just 5 stat points. This even continues even after becoming a Blissey during the Journeys Arceus arc, which still has one of the lowest Attack with 10 stat points, but still able to dish out a ton of damage with physical attacks.
  • Super Strength: Her aforementioned physical strength is beyond the power of most Pokémon, let alone the Happiny line known for their minuscule (physical) attack stat.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The other characters rarely if ever seem surprised by Happiny's absurd strength. Even outside of the main cast, no one has ever questioned how she's so strong.

Sun & Moon

    Comfey 
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A thank you gift for Brock from the Melemele Island Nurse Joy.
  • Bit Character: Almost nothing is known about it, as it was only seen briefly in one episode and never appeared again. Comfey is notably absent when Brock is revealed to have successfully become a doctor in Journeys, with Blissey instead retaking her spot as his assistant.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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