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Dawn (Hikari)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Ugarte (seasons 10,11, and 13), Leyla Rangel (season 12 and 15)
Voiced in European French by: Alexandra Corréa

Dawn is a newbie trainer from Sinnoh who met Ash after she ran into Pikachu, who’d been separated from his trainer by Team Rocket. Like May before her, Dawn aspires to be a Pokémon Coordinator. Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:

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  • Action Girl:
    • Out of all of Ash's traveling companions, she's the most likely to take immediate action against Team Rocket or other antagonists when they show up, frequently having Piplup dealing the finishing blow alongside Pikachu.
    • In one episode, she once rescued all her Pokémon all by herself.
  • Adaptational Modesty: In the Pokémon Learning League educational series, she wears a long-sleeved shirt and white tights under her usual sleeveless top and short skirt.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: The games depicted her as the protagonist or Rowan's assistant, depending on the player's choice. The former option is showcased here, but it adds in the detail of her struggling to become a world-class coordinator like her mother, with plenty of missteps along the way.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress:
    • But her mother forbade her from bringing it on her journey. Then again, her normal outfit...
    • Lampshaded in episode 171 by Princess Salvia, who comments on the length of Dawn's skirt.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: An alternate universe of herself has her partaking the Pokémon Gym Battles rather than Pokémon Contests. And she's so skilled as a battler that she managed to become the runner up of the Sinnoh League, placing her higher than Ash did when competed.
  • Always Someone Better: In terms of Contest skill, she's on both ends of this trope. She has never managed to surpass the more experienced Zoey, but she always comes ahead of Ursula, and narrowly managed to beat the far more experienced May in their only on-screen Contest together.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Dawn's father is never seen or mentioned. While Dawn extensively talks about her mother and her goals to be as legendary of a coordinator as her, and plenty of people other than her talk about and interact with Johanna, no mention ever goes to a husband, boyfriend, or anything. Despite quite a lot of time shown focusing on Johanna's home, we never see anyone there but Johanna and her two partners Glameow and Umbreon.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When she is taking Chloe to the contest hall in JN074, she gets distracted by everything that she sees, followed by her "No need to worry" catchphrase until Chloe has enough and tells her to stop.
  • Ash Face: Her Cyndaquil has done this to her several times by flaring up its back flames while she's holding it. Some of her various electrocution and explosion mishaps have also left her singed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Similar to May and later Serena, Dawn is good natured, but not a doormat and isn't afraid to sic her strongest Pokémon on you if you piss her off, which Team Rocket know from experience. When Meowth pulled a Fake Defector scheme on the heroes, Dawn, who had been sympathetic enough to offer getting him media ties, angrily vowed to beat him to tears for selling them out (he didn't surprisingly, but still).
  • Big Damn Heroes: A short time after becoming a trainer and getting her first Pokémon, she protects Pikachu with her Piplup.
  • Breakout Character: She not only became one of the most well-known protagonists in the anime, receiving more focus than any companion prior to Goh, she also elevated her game counterpart into an iconic trainer who gets top-billing over her male counterpart, Lucas. Additionally, she has the most guest-starred episodes out of all the supporting cast in the entire anime (excluding cameo appearances), with a total of 16 episodes (plus an additional 4-part special in the form of The Arceus Chronicles.) Misty, by contrast, comes in second with a total of 9 note .
  • Break the Cutie: Disturbingly often. She gets this when losing contests and became a Stepford Smiler afterwards, which is especially noteworthy after her first losing streak sees her not even advanced to the next round twice in a row, causing her to doubt that she can cut it as a Coordinator. Fortunately, she bounces back.
  • Brick Joke: The second DP episode continued the Running Gag of Pikachu frying a bike, but it took 36 episodes for Ash to know about it.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • She returned in Best Wishes from BW085 to BW093 to compete in the Junior Cup.
    • She becomes a recurring character in Journeys, appearing in several multi-part episodes revolving around Sinnoh's legendaries.
      • She first returns in JN074 and JN075, where she introduces Chloe to Pokémon Contests and helps defend Darkrai and an injured Cresselia from Team Rocket.
      • She makes another appearance for the 2-part Sinnoh winter special centered around the Time/Space legendaries.
      • She appears again in the special 4-parter The Arceus Chronicles, where she reunites with Ash and Brock and reencounters Team Galactic.
      • She returns yet again in JN129 to cheer for Ash in his battle against Leon in the finals of the Masters Eight Tournament alongside Chloe (in place of Goh).
  • Butt-Monkey: Out of the cast, she’s the biggest one of the “butt of every joke” type. Several characters have poked fun at her, including Ash, Brock, and her own Pokémon, and her skill as a Coordinator was called into question several times prior to her victory at the Wallace Cup.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Daijobu!", or "No need to worry!" in the dub. How ironic.
    • And like May, she has a phrase to use when calling Pokémon out for a Contest — "Charm up!" / "Spotlight!"
    • Borrowed Catchphrase: She also copied Iris' "such a kid" remarks at Ash (a little anyways), and once used, "Buneary, I choose you!" when sending it out to battle Pachirisu.
  • Character Development: She starts as a coordinator passionate and overconfident outside but deeply insecure inside in comparison with her mother's own success and her rival Zoey's experience to a more resilient and humble one who improvises more and is less afraid to fail and even learn from her mistakes.
  • The Chosen One: Chosen by Mesprit since the beginning of the DP series due to her strong empathy.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Flip-flops between this and Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Like May before her, Dawn is a Nice Girl Pokémon Coordinator whose quest alternates in focus with Ash and who has a famous parent, but the direction of her character arc is nearly the opposite of May's. While May was underconfident and not very passionate about Pokemon before discovering Contests (only using it as an excuse to travel at first), Dawn had settled on her goal from the start and was overconfident in her skills, struggling far more than May did in her early Contests as she was taught several lessons in humility.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has both hair and eyes that are dark-blue.
  • Deuteragonist: Of "Diamond and Pearl", to Ash's protagonist. Her name is even added in the Japanese openings of the Diamond and Pearl series right next to Ash's.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is ever made of her father.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Dawn in many ways is like a female counterpart to Ash, sharing more in common with him than just about any of his companions.
    • She exchanges Rotating Arcs with Ash's Gym quest, much like May before and Serena after, but she stands out thanks to her status as the Deuteragonist. Dawn received more focus than any main character prior to Goh, roughly on par with Ash himself.
    • Dawn's journey mirrors Ash's in many ways. Like Ash, she is an optimistic and initially overconfident Nice Girl who had decided on her life goal long before her debut. She started her journey with an initially stubborn Pokémon that stays outside his Poké Ball and refuses to evolve, and bonded with him after fending off a large swarm of wild Pokemon in an adventure that culminated in them meeting a Legendary Pokemon.
    • Like Ash during his initial journey in the Kanto saga, Dawn has a degree of rotten luck when she starts her journey in Sinnoh. They both have a hard time getting any respect as rookies, even from their own Pokémon, along with taking some very heart-breaking losses in the process. It takes a lot of trial and error experience from then on, but eventually they both make their respective comebacks in anime-exclusive competitions (Orange League for Ash, Wallace Cup Contest for Dawn). They're also able to get one of their powerhouse Pokémon, a three-stage evolution who started out nice before getting nastier and disobedient when they evolved twice in a row very quickly, to start being loyal again when they save them from a nasty injury.
    • She has a knack for developing Outside-the-Box Tactics in battle similarly to Ash, many of which are borrowed between the two. Counter Shield, for instance, Ash's Signature Move in Sinnoh, was directly inspired by one of Dawn's Contests.
    • Both her reappearances in Journeys further support this. Her interactions with Chloe in JN074 closely resemble Ash's relationship with Goh, being a lighthearted, exuberant Foil to her reserved, antisocial partner. When she's paired up with Goh in JN089, he remarks that she's very similar to Ash.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Against all odds, averted when it came to explaining "Dee-Dee". She had a bad incident with a Plusle and Minun when she was younger, which she explains in episode 161 to Ash and Brock. Unbeknownst to them, Ursula (whose Plusle and Minun triggered the present-day incident leading to the explanation in the first place) was also in hearing range...
  • Dude Magnet: Kenny, Kendall, and Conway have all shown signs of being attracted to her. She also has a few moments with Ash that could be seen as Ship Tease (though, Ash being Ash, these moments are up to the audience's interpretation). This being Pokémon, it never goes anywhere.
  • The Empath: Dawn has shown to have the ability to understand the feelings of Pokémon, and she connects with Mesprit because of this ability.
  • Face Your Fears: Through her Mamoswine and Cyndaquil encouragement, Dawn decided that it was time to let go of her fear of Plusle and Minun as she pulled herself together then managed to win her last ribbon to compete in the Grand Festival.
  • Failed a Spot Check: If she would look around at the audience during contests more often, she would notice some VERY familar faces. Namely, James, Meowth and Wobbuffet.
  • Failure Heroine: Poor girl lost two Contests in the Appeal Stage in a row!
  • Fan Girl: To Professor Oak's (and Gary's) poetry, and Wallace (Contest master).
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Dawn is good at baking Poffins, unlike Ash who burns all of his to a crisp.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: When she and Piplup first meet, they can't stand each other, but they form a bond after escaping from a horde of wild Ariados, and Dawn doesn't hesitate to choose him as her starter when they get back to Prof. Rowan's lab. They continue to grow closer throughout the Diamond & Pearl series.
  • Flanderization: While Dawn's catchphrase was always a major trait of hers, in her first Journeys appearance, it's her response to nearly everything that happens. Her upbeat personality is also exaggerated to where she gets distracted by almost everything in sight. These aspects are downplayed when she returns again in JN089 and JN090.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: She and Brock had fairly little interaction, at least compared to their interactions with Ash, though she did learn some valuable medical skills across the series from him. She was shown to remember these skills all the way up to Journeys.
  • Foil:
    • Dawn is presented as one to May during her guest appearance. While May started off not knowing what she wanted to do before deciding on Coordinating, Dawn immediately sought to become a Coordinator. Both ran into Ash in a moment of crisis involving Team Rocket, resulting in Pikachu frying their bikes and them wanting to travel with Ash, who in turn acted as a Big Brother mentor to them, and both struggled pretty badly in the early stages of their careers. Unlike May, who suffered from a lack of confidence, Dawn was too focused on perfecting her performances, with both having to suffer pretty hard losses to get them to realize it. When they both left the party, May eventually grew into a very busy and respectable Coordinator on par Lisa and Serena, while Dawn largely travels around Coordinating when she pleases.
    • Dawn's rival Zoey, by contrast, is shown to be a more skilled Coordinator who acts as a mentor to her friend. Dawn hails from Twinleaf Town and was following in her mother's footsteps, while Zoey comes from Snowpoint City and is given the full support of Candice, the local gym leader. Zoey did struggle, but it was against coordinators of equivalent or better skill level, while Dawn struggled mostly because she was trying too hard to be perfect. In the end, Zoey proved to be the better of the two by edging her out at the Sinnoh Grand Festival, but while she hasn't been heard from since, Dawn has managed to forge her own path as a Coordinator in her own right, albeit more carefree than May or Serena.
    • During Journeys, she's presented as one to Chloe. Dawn originated from the games, Chloe is a Canon Foreigner. Both have a Ridiculously Cute Critter as their partner, but Dawn picked Piplup, while Eevee chose Chloe. Dawn is far more carefree in her journeys and knows what she wants out of life, while Chloe is a lot more cautious and isn't sure what she wants to do yet. When the two meet, the pair hit it off pretty quickly, but their brief argument over Dawn's constantly getting distracted shows that Chloe is the more focused of the two.
  • Generation Xerox: She gets her passion from Pokémon Contests from her mother, who is a retired Top Coordinator.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Dawn is one of the most feminine of Ash's companions, but unlike Serena, she doesn't mind getting down and dirty with anything masculine. She enjoys battle nearly just as much as Ash does, and has no issue with participating in numerous sporty activities throughout the series.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Right from the start, she knew she wanted to be a Pokémon Coordinator, and never lost sight of her goal since.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: One of her trademark qualities is to exchange a high five with Ash either before or after a big accomplishment. Examples include (among many others): her first Contest, the Wallace Cup, saying goodbye, and reuniting with him in Unova.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Became this in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, joining the group for eight episodes mid-series prior to and during the Junior Cup.
  • Heroic BSoD: Dawn's self-confidence was shattered when she lost in the appeals round twice in Dawns Early Night! and Team Shocker!. Although Zoey was able to help her into what she did wrong and inspired her to take some time from Contests, Dawn never fully recovered until the Wallace Cup, which she ended up winning (over a returning May, who had beaten Zoey en route to the final), fully restoring her confidence.
  • Harmless Electrocution: A running gag by itself, Dawn needs to use Piplup's Bubble Beam to condition her hair back to normal after she gets zapped.
  • An Ice Person: While she doesn't specializes in Ice-types, as her journey goes on she uses more and more ice moves in her Appeals and battles, often in combination with fire and electricity.
  • Identical Stranger: She and Princess Salvia from the episode "Dawn of a Royal Day!" look exactly alike. They take advantage of this and switch places for a day so Salvia can compete in a Contest with her Togekiss.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She befriended Nando, a traveling bard, and Lila, a dressmaker and retired Coordinator who was also her mother's childhood friend.
  • Jerkass Ball: While generally one of Ash's nicer travelling companions, she still has moments like this.
    • She is uncharacteristically harsh toward Ash in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, even kicking him in the shin at one point.
    • In the BW episode "Expedition to Onix Island", she joins Iris in mocking Ash over his (as it turns out, entirely correct) suggestion that the caves on the eponymous island were created by Onix, acting like the very idea is utterly ridiculous.
  • Leitmotif: "By Your Side". Used primarily in the Japanese edit, though some instrumental versions still accompany her in parts of the English dub (thus making it one of very few Japanese image songs to at least partway survive the transition).
  • Leotard of Power: As seen in "Two Degrees of Separation!", Dawn appears to be wearing a black leotard under her minidress.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Most notably two times.
  • Little Miss Badass: Younger than Ash but able to single-handedly kick Team Rocket's ass.
  • Magic Skirt: She has a short skirt, but she remains covered throughout the series, except for one occasion - "Steamboat Willies!".
  • Memento MacGuffin: At the beginning of her Pokémon journey, her mother gave to her the first Contest ribbon she won as a good luck charm. After her run in the Grand Festival, she gives it back.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Her winter outfit is based on her appearance from Pokémon Platinum.
    • Her Sinnoh Fest attire in the Amazon exclusive special The Arceus Chronicles loosely based on Akari, specifically her hairstyle and bandana. The rest of her outfit is the Garchomp Fancy Kimono... that is only exclusive pre-order bonus from the Amazon website.
  • Naďve Everygirl: It took her an entire episode to find Professor Rowan, despite it normally not being that difficult.
  • Nerves of Steel: As part of her Character Development, she's able to calm down when she feels pressure during contests as the story progresses in constrast of her debuts.
  • Nice Girl: Before Serena's introduction in the XY series, Dawn was easily the most straightforwardly kind of all the leading females and is very empathetic (she never held Pikachu or Ash responsible for her bike's destruction given the circumstances, for instance, knowing that she attacked Pikachu first and Ash wasn't even there, thanks to Team Rocket). Must be the main reason Mesprit chose her. And while it's true that Ash and Dawn sometimes fight, it's not on a regular basis when compared to how Ash deals with Misty, May and Iris.
  • Noodle Incident: The origins of her nickname Pikari/Dee-Dee. In a subversion, it's later revealed she got shocked by a Plusle and Minun in kindergarten, making her hair all sparkly. note . In the dub, it's short for "Diamond Dandruff", which is indeed pretty embarrassing.
  • Oblivious to Love: She has no trouble understanding others people's romance, but seems rather blind when said affection is directed to her (except with Conway, but subtle he isn't). She doesn't get Kenny has a crush on her, and totally misses Lyra acting as a Shipper on Deck for her and Ash in "Dressed For Jess Success".
  • Ojou Ringlets: Not an Ojou, but she used this hairstyle in a couple of contests as shown here and here.
  • The Perfectionist: Dawn's Fatal Flaw was that she was trying to make her performances as perfect as possible, but both Zoey and Wallace pointed out that this was hurting her more than it helped her. For example, in the second contest she failed to clear the qualifying round, her Ambipom delivered a very spectacular and flashy performance—but nobody could see the Pokémon performing it! After the Wallace Cup, she's able to find a way to have fun with her Pokémon and not be worried about performing perfectly all the time.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • The reply to her own Catchphrase is usually "That's when [we] worry the most."
    • A few times she gets her catchphrase, "No need to worry!", back at her.
    • Tends to receive "I'm really getting worried!" from Chloe every time she says her titular catchphrase.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a lot of them. Makes sense, considering part of her job as a Coordinator is to look stylish alongside her Pokémon and she also has a sense of fashion.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her usual Contest dress is pink. Idem her cheerleader outfit. Her regular outfit features a pink skirt and she wears a pink coat when traveling in colder climes (both travel outfits also include pink boots).
  • Pom-Pom Girl: She sometime act like a cheerleader and donned a pink cheerleading outfit (her Pokèmon also) to support Ash in his Gym battles with Roark, Maylene and Volkner, along with his battles in the Masters Eight tournament.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Borders on this with Ash. It's pointed out several times in Journeys how similar the two are and Dawn has at this point returned more than any of Ash's other companions after leaving the main cast.
  • Plucky Girl: She always remains optimistic, even when the odds are against her.
  • Seen It All: By the events of Journeys Dawn, even as she enjoys the small things in adventures like Ash, takes things like being contacted by Arceus as a lot less crazy than she would have as a rookie, much to Goh's concernation.
  • Signature Headgear: A white and pink beanie that covers her hair to avoid it getting frizzy.
  • Running Gag:
    • Her hair being messed up, which is usually either the cause or sign of extreme stress from her. In early episodes, she refused to let Ash or Brock even see her if her hair was messy. It also tends to mess itself up whenever she's about to perform for a major Contest, causing her to freak out until someone (usually Zoey) calms her down.
    • Adding onto this, she's frequently on the receiving end of electric attacks, which always leaves her hair messy and frazzled (and on occasion, with the sparkly effect behind her embarrassing nickname). Once she acquires her Cyndaquil, it develops a habit of flaring up its back flames while Dawn is holding it, leaving her hair puffed up with an Ash Face.
    • And of course, there's her habit of Tempting Fate with her Catchphrase. Whenever she says "No need to worry!", there's a good chance something bad is about to happen.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: She wears a scarf around her neck and is a prominent Action Girl who has no problem taking on Pokémon battles.
  • Shipper on Deck: While normally embarrassed about Brock's antics like everyone else, when it was suggested to him that he become a Pokémon Doctor, she's the one to point out that it will help him get closer to all Nurse Joys.
  • Ship Tease: Naturally, she gets these with Ash. Not to mention that, out of every girl so far, she's the only one to go as far as to be his personal cheerleader during a few of his Gym Battles. The most notable example is during the episodes where Kenny appears, as the boy is a childhood friend of Dawn and has had a crush on her since they were younger he shows extreme jealously of the relationship and closeness Ash and Dawn have even when the two so much as talk with each other, and even when Kenny requests Dawn to go with him on a journey if he beats Ash, Dawn opts to instead keep going with Ash and gently turning down Kenny's offer despite Ash agreeing to the battle and losing.
  • Stepford Smiler: Tries to put on a good face after her first losing streak. Doesn't work in the end.
  • Supreme Chef: A few hands-on lessons are enough to get her cooking Poffins like a pro.
  • Skyward Scream: Does this in "Dawn's Early Night" after losing the Hearthome contest.
    Dawn: [as she runs to the balcony] AAAAAAAAAAH!
  • A Taste of Defeat: Tying in with her Butt-Monkey role, Dawn is the first of few "twerps" to suffer an unnegated defeat from Team Rocket in an episode. Twice for that matter:
    • In "Team Shocker" Jessie (as Jessilina) wins her first ribbon in the Solaceon contest, one Dawn doesn't even pass the Appeals Round for. She does not take it well.
    • James (disguised as Jessilina) directly defeats her in the battle round of the Lilypad contest in "Dressed For Jess Success". While Dawn was a Graceful Loser this time round, it didn't remotely taint James and Meowth's victory over her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to three other Tomboys: Zoey (a Bifauxnen coordinator who wears suits, compared to Dawn's fluffy dresses), May (a Coordinator with a huge appetite), and Iris (a rambunctious Dragon-type trainer who competed in the Masters Eight tournament).
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Her fantasy in the Lotus-Eater Machine episode shows us that she even wants to surpass her mother.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of Plusle and Minun, because of an incident in kindergarten when she hugged them too hard and they shocked her, making her hair stand on end and everyone laughing at her. However, Dawn got over her fear with help from her Pokémon.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Dawn finally eliminated her in the Grand Festival, Jessie admitted (albeit infuriated) that she was this. Jessie herself managed to achieve her most even-handed rivalry against Dawn, equalling and even besting her at times. Since Dawn never saw through her "Jesselina" alias, she was rather respectful towards her.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Dawn has been on a losing streak during the early part of her journey as a Coordinator in Sinnoh and struggles with fine-tuning her contest style. Both Zoey and Wallace help her realize that she is focusing too much on fine-tuning her Pokemon's moves and has not spent enough time simply having fun with them. Dawn takes this advice to heart and from then on makes a spectacular comeback.

Dawn's Pokémon

    In General 
  • Badass Adorable: The majority of her team are comprised of cute-looking Pokémon who are all competent in Pokémon Contests. Even her not-so-cute ones, specifically Mamoswine, used to be a very cute but strong Swinub.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Mamoswine and Togekiss are the big guys, Piplup, Buneary, Cyndaquil and Pachirisu are the little guys.
  • Canon Immigrant: Her team from the anime (sans Pachirisu and with everyone fully evolved) in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are what the main player fights against if they select the male player character and pick Turtwig as their starter.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: While this is intentional with Piplup himself, the other unevolved Pokémon have been plagued by this "curse" after Dawn left the series (Quilava has been the latest evolution, which happened during the Diamond & Pearl special). Due to Dawn's infamous Static Character status, she has neither caught new Pokémon nor have unevolved Pokémon evolved since 2011. This is especially jarring in Journeys, since many Pokémon of other returning companions got at least one new evolution.
  • Out of Focus: The non-Piplup members suffer this during Dawn's appearances in Journeys, only making a brief appearance in the Cold Open of "The Gates of Warp!".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: All but Mamoswine are adorable Pokémon, and even he was cute as a Swinub. Buizel was another exception, since he used to be the cool guy in the group, but he's soon replaced by the cute Genki Girl Aipom.
  • True Companions: Dawn's team of Pokémon may bicker, clash or butt head sometimes but in the end they'll always be there to help one another out and support each other till the end.

    Piplup (Pochama)
Voiced in Japanese by: Etsuko Kozakura
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz

Piplup is Dawn's first Pokémon. She befriended him after saving him from a wild Ariados' attack, when Piplup and Chimchar had fled from Professor Rowan's lab.

  • Art Evolution: In Journeys, Piplup (and only this Piplup) has a new eye design, with distinctive blue irises.
  • Attention Whore: Regarding Dawn's attention, at least. Piplup sometimes has a fit when Dawn isn't giving him the attention it wants. Heck, the episode "Piplup Up and Away" was dedicated to Piplup getting upset because Dawn and the gang wasn't giving him the attention he wanted.
  • Berserk Button: His Establishing Character Moment was throwing a fit when Professor Rowan's Chimchar stole the last bite of his food.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Somehow, Gible's Draco Meteor always hit him, even if he was miles away. Much to his dismay, Ash would use this to find Piplup whenever he got lost.
  • Big Eater: Gets a Growling Gut often, and enjoys food.
  • Breakout Character: Originally just a starter Pokémon for the regional main girl Dawn, Piplup became very popular with viewers during the DP saga, especially in Japan. Noticeably, he began appearing outside of his Poké Ball more and more often until he eventually stopped being seen inside it altogether (save for rare occasions). He also got promoted to being a co-star with Ash's Pikachu in the merchandising, a feat that only Misty's Togepi had accomplished prior.
  • Bubble Gun: Bubble Beam, which fires several bubbles in quick succession, was the very first attack he was seen using, and it's still his Signature Move to date.
  • Butt-Monkey: To clarify it has been:
  • Camp Straight: Very campy, but showed an attraction to Meloetta. Though Meloetta is genderless, so...
  • The Chew Toy: It is always nailed by Ash's Gible's Draco Meteor while the latter was trying to master that move.
  • Color Failure:
    • In "Battling a Cute Drama!" when Marilyn said he wasn't cute.
    • In "Piplup, Up, And Away!" when he overheard Dawn telling Gible it wasn't at fault for dropping Draco Meteors on him.
    • When Dawn had her reappearance in Unova, in "Piplup, Pasage, and a Meeting of the Times!", he shares one with Dawn in reaction to Cilan's "Evaluation Time" during a training battle with Pansage.
  • Determinator: Piplup outright refuses to give up for various reasons and wouldn't go down without a fight.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being the target of Gible's Draco Meteor one too many times, Piplup goes into a tirade at it. When its "apology" is in the form of dimly gnawing on Piplup's head, he reaches his Rage-Breaking Point, and starts a comical No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Gible.
  • Drama Queen: If something annoys him, he'll let you know. Loudly.
  • Expy Coexistence: There are lots of similarities between Piplup and Pikachu. Both befriended their trainers after serious peril, and resist evolution to their next forms. Piplup also prefers to travel outside his Poké Ball, though he will come out of one for Performances to accrue Charm Points.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At the end of the Junior Cup arc in BW2, he seems to have formed a close bond with Oshawott (who was his rival for Meloetta's affection).
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Did this to Dawn when she was on the edge of having a nervous breakdown before one Contest. Instead of slapping her, he blasted her with Bubble Beam.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Piplup can't stand sharing Dawn's attention, so her fawning over Cyndaquil does not sit well with him.
  • Growling Gut: In his debut. This is what made him to accept food from Dawn.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pikachu during the DP series. The two spend a lot of time together due to mostly being outside of their Pokeballs, and are shown to be extremely close. When it's time for Pikachu and Ash to move on, Piplup is devastated.
  • An Ice Person: While Piplup is hotblooded and haughty, he knows the Ice-type move Ice Beam.
  • Interspecies Romance: "Piplup, Up, and Away" makes it pretty clear he has a huge crush on Dawn. The music is what puts it over the top.
  • Jerkass Ball: He could be seen as downright selfish in some of the episodes. In "Different Strokes for Different Blokes", he ate Aipom's orange causing them to argue. He also collided with Turtwig in "The Champ Twins!" and they started arguing again. He also didn't accept Turtwig's apology when Turtwig is trying to make up with him. In "Gone with the Wildworks", he's shown to be selfish towards Cyndaquil for Dawn's attention. He even slapped Cyndaquil out of the way and ate the poffin which causes them to start a fight.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is rather selfish but does love Dawn and always tries to do his best for her.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Occasionally bickers with Dawn, even though it's clear they care about each other at the same level that Ash and Pikachu do.
  • Lost Food Grievance: In his first episode, he got mad at the starter Chimchar when it stole the last bite of his food, starting a fight that wrecked Professor Rowan's lab and led to both of them escaping out a broken window, along with a Starly and Staraptor.
  • Making a Splash: He's a Water-Type and knows common water moves such as Bubblebeam, Whirlpool and Hydro Pump.
  • No Sense of Direction: One episode dealt with him deciding to quit the group after he gets one too many of Gible's Draco Meteors to the head and Dawn and company aren't showing him any concern. Striking out on his own, he decides to go back to Rowan's, but has no idea how to get there.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean to Cyndaquil's Nice and Pikachu's In-Between. He's more hot-headed, assertive, cranky and grumpy compared to the more quiet, calm, friendly and polite Cyndaquil while Pikachu mediates between the two.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: This is apparently due less to its infamous "forced mascot" status and more because the producer considers Prinplup and Empoleon ugly. In series, it's because he's afraid of changing personalities when he evolves, and in the dub because he wants to protect Dawn as he is.
  • Not Quite Flight: Piplup, being based on a penguin, doesn't actually fly naturally.note  He's shown occasionally to be capable of flying a very short distance from the momentum of using BubbleBeam or being sent out from his Poké Ball.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: From Bide, to Whirlpool, to even Hydro Pump, all while not even approaching Dawn's knees in height.
  • Pride: A trait of his species. No matter what humiliations he suffers, Piplup will always stand up proud again sooner or later.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Goofy and funny, and hapless to match.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: On several occasions he has sported a pink female cheerleading outfit. Later on they opted for more masculine clothing though.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Cyndaquil's blue. He is more hot-headed and assertive compared to the more quiet and calm Cyndaquil, an ironic inverse given their color schemes.
  • Signature Mon: Piplup is Dawn's starter and by far her most iconic Pokemon, to the point where he splits the spotlight with Pikachu as the Series Mascot of Diamond and Pearl. He starts regularly appearing outside his Ball due to sheer popularity, and is present in all of Dawn's most important Contest battles: her first win, the finals of the Wallace Cup, and the finals of the Grand Festival.
  • Signature Move: Bubble Beam is used the most out of every move he knows, and he never forgot how to use it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon learning Hydro Pump, one of the most powerful water attacks known.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: When he uses Hydro Pump, he blasts a massive cannon of water at his opponent that is at least 10x bigger than he is.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Being a cute Pokémon that resembles a penguin, every time Piplup is wearing girls' outfits, e.g. the cheerleader outfit or maid outfit, count as this. He's confirmed male.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Repeatedly attacks his master when angered as a Running Gag.

    Buneary (Mimirol)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Kawakami (first voice), Satsuki Yukino (current)
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny

From the beginning of Diamond and Pearl, Dawn wanted a Buneary. This Buneary was her third attempt to capture one. Of course, it helps that this particular Buneary had developed an intense crush on Ash's Pikachu.

  • Action Girl: Especially noteable in "Hold the Phione" - after the titular Pokémon challenges Pikachu for her, she's offended because (A) Pikachu's in a tight spot, and (B) she's being treated like some sort of prize. She demands Phione battle her instead. And wins.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a little bunny that's capable of both giving you a run for your money in battle and making you go "aww" at the same time.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Is based off of a rabbit, and is adorable.
  • Crush Blush: She cannot resist Pikachu.
  • Establishing Character Moment: First she jumps to save Pikachu from an incoming motorcycle, then when he tries to thank her she hides her face and bounds away, in the process crashing into a tree. This sets her up as a graceful Action Girl who nonetheless crushes hard on Pikachu.
  • The Fashionista: Not an extreme example, but she's occasionally seen sporting a vest that Dawn made for her, and the Sinnoh arc ends with her becoming a model.
  • An Ice Person: Knows Ice Beam, which is also her signature move for Contests.
  • Non-Elemental: She's the Normal-type of the team.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's tiny, but she froze Ash, Dawn, and Brock in her debut episode, and she frequently holds her own against larger opponents..
  • Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in her eyes when she looks at Pikachu.


  • Ambiguous Gender: It's probably male, given its design and an incident in DP138note , but never explicitly confirmed.
  • Death Glare: Gave one to Ursula's Gabite after its Poffin was stepped on - an impressive one for normally happy-go-lucky Pachirisu.
  • Keet: Extremely energetic and fun-loving.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The second youngest of Dawn's Pokémon, and the one who acts like a kid the most.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Pachirisu does not like its Poffins being stolen or smashed. Do any of those, and it'll make sure you pay for dearly for it.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite a major type disadvantage, it crushed Ursula's Gabite in the Chocovine Contest with is newly learned Super Fang.
  • Static Electricity: Sometimes buzzes Dawn with this, and makes her hair pop out.
  • Super Speed: Like most Electric-types, but in its debut episode it outran six of the gang's Pokémon at once (including Pikachu) in a very silly game of high-speed chase.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dawn's Poffins. The first time it was denied them, it shocked everyone until Pikachu snapped it out of it. Then there's the Berserk Button...
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Emits the blue variety when using Discharge.

    Buizel (Buoysel) 
Traded to Ash for Aipom. For more info, see the page for Ash's Pokémon.

    Aipom-Ambipom (Eipam-Eteboth)
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Eipam), Chie Sato (Eteboth)
Voiced in English by: Miyako Ito (Aipom), Emily Jenness (Ambipom)

Aipom was a Pokémon that Ash caught during his journey through the Battle Frontier in Kanto. She is very affectionate towards him and secretly follows him when Ash set off to Sinnoh. While Aipom was shown to be a capable battler in Gym Battles, she develops a big interest in Contests, which would later lead to Ash trading her with Dawn's Blood Knight Buizel. She is competent in Contests, but she eventually develops an interest in Pokémon Ping Pong and later leaves Dawn's team, so the Ping Pong master can foster her talent.

  • The Ace: She instantly excels everything she sets her interest on: pranking, battle, Contest and finally Pokemon ping pong.
  • Action Girl:
    • While she preferred Contests, she was used several times in battle when she was under the ownership of Ash and didn't seem to mind.
    • She beat Gardenia's strongest Pokémon, Roserade, so it's safe to say that although she prefers Contests, her battling skills are something to be proud of.
  • Back for the Finale: During JN132, Ambipom appears in Pikachu's Imagine Spot alongside all of Ash's other Pokémon to cheer him up. She's notably grouped with Ash's Pokémon from Advanced Generation, despite having spent more time with his Sinnoh Pokémon.
  • Characterization Marches On: After being traded over to Dawn, her crush on Ash was all but completely forgotten. The last time she even acknowledged Ash as her former trainer was when she was getting ready to be Put on a Bus, and even then it wasn't much. That said, however, in JN132, Ambipom shows up in Pikachu's vision alongside all of Ash's Pokémon from the various regions during his Heroic Second Wind against Leon's Charizard.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Gets a crown that was was too small for Aipom, thus it being stuck to her head for most of the episode.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: She was caught by Ash ten episodes before the end of the Advanced Generation series.
  • Foreshadowing: Ever since Ash captured her at such a late time (during the Battle Frontier saga) and the fact that Aipom followed Ash and Pikachu to Sinnoh, it was rather obvious that the writers were planning to evolve her.
  • Genki Girl: Of course; most of her species tend to be this.
  • Little Stowaway: Decided to sneak to Sinnoh with Ash instead of stay with Professor Oak like the rest of his Hoenn (and before) Pokémon. Ash decides to keep her in his Sinnoh crew until her trade to Dawn.
  • Non-Elemental: As a normal type. Most of its moves do normal type damage as well.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: As Aipom, it's ankle-high to Ash and still capable of fighting much tougher apponents.
  • The Prankster: When it was with Ash as an Aipom, she would play silly pranks on him, such as taking his hat for instance.
  • Put on a Bus: Similar to Ash's Primeape and ironically they are both ape-like Pokémon. She was last seen going away from the gang on a bus.
  • Running on All Fours: Sometimes, such as when chasing Pachirisu in "Twice Smitten, Once Shy!"
  • True Companions: Funnily enough, with Ash and Pikachu, even after she got traded to Dawn's party. In DP186, Ash still remembers Aipom as one of the Pokémon that helped him collect all eight Sinnoh Gym Badges. In JN132, she appears in Pikachu's Imagine Spot where all of Ash's Pokémon (as well Larvitar and Solgaleo) appear to cheer for him; notably, Ambipom is grouped with the Pokémon captured in Advanced Generation, which is where she got caught. In JN135, Ash remembers her as one of his Pokémon that are no longer with him.

    Swinub—>Piloswine—>Mamoswine (Urimoo—>Inomoo—>Mammoo)
Voiced in Japanese by: Inuko Inuyama (Urimoo and Inomoo), Unshō Ishizuka (Mammoo, DP106 - BW091), Yuichi Nakamura (Mammoo, JN089 - present)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Swinub), Tim Werenko (Piloswine), Marc Thompson (Mamoswine)

  • Acrofatic: Despite his huge size, he can make an impressive jump, shown off in Playing the Performance Encore. Lampshaded by Ursula: "Huh? With that huge body?!"
  • Apathetic Pet: After Swinub becomes Piloswine (and later a Mamoswine), he becomes more of a jerk. He ignores Dawn's commands and only obeys her when he's bribed in some way. He even attacks her a few times. He overcomes this in "Trials and Adulations!" when Dawn helps heal his injuries, though he still retains a small rebellious streak.
  • The Berserker: As a Mamoswine it has a violent temper and tends to go berserk when angry. This costs Dawn a contest when it loses control and goes on a rampage.
  • Big Eater: To the point where all the other Pokémon might actually be in danger of starving to death. It's a species trait, actually.
  • The Big Guy: Mamoswine is one of the two largest Pokémon of DP's main cast, it is Dawn's largest Pokémon and also her strongest. When it comes to real battling, Mamoswine is her Ace Pokémon.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: By far the most powerful of Dawn's Pokemon, but also completely uninterested in anything besides eating and sleeping. Dawn eventually trains it out of this.
  • Cutting the Knot: Mamoswine has almost never won a Contest by retaining the lead when the buzzer sounds. It tends to simply KO the competition. As Dawn has noted, this can be seen as missing the point of Contests.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Mamoswine initially doesn't respect Dawn at all and refuses to follow her commands.
  • Elemental Armor: In dual Contests, the strategy of choice often involves encasing the smaller partner in ice.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: Piloswine has bangs that always cover his eyes.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Swinub had these perpetually, and they never do open. It's a species trait.
  • Full-Boar Action: As a Piloswine and later Mamoswine, he is partly based on pigs, hence the name Piloswine and Mamoswine.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: From his Piloswine form on he becomes frighteningly easy to set off, though he mellows out over time.
  • Heroism Incentive: Prior to becoming obedient to Dawn, this is the only way for the latter to motivate him to do anything.
  • An Ice Person: His primary type is Ice. In Contests, Dawn utilizes his Ice-type moves to great effects, which allows him to be presented as a cool and powerful Pokémon next to her cute ones. He's often covered in ice spikes and he can surround his partners in ice for glamorous presentations.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gradually grows into this role, having shown a soft side as well as an (eventual) fascination to Contests. Noted in-series, once the other characters observe it.
  • Men Are Tough: He initially seemed... embarrassed at the fact that he was fascinated by Contests and tried to hide it even when Ash pointed it out. He finally got over it in "Promoting Healthy Tangrowth".
  • Messy Pig: All three of his forms were messy eaters.
  • Obliviously Evil: He doesn't even realize that the other Pokémon initially have contempt for him because of his enormous appetite.
  • Spikes of Doom: He can create gigantic ice spikes on his back by swallowing his own Ice Shard.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In many ways, he's similar to Ash's Charizard. Three stage evolution caught in first stage, in which it has a sweet overall disposition and likes its new trainer? Check. Personality change upon evolving into second stage? Check. A surprisingly quick transition to its third stage? Check. Took a Level in Badass after evolving, becoming a large powerhouse who lazes around? Check. Has a lifechanging experience with the trainer, involving a defeat against another Pokémon that it both has an advantage and disadvantage to, and restores its loyalty, and beats said mon with trainers help, followed by gradual further Character Development? Check, check and check.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dawn's Poffins, it seems. All her Pokémon enjoy them, but Mamoswine really can't get enough of them.

    Cyndaquil—>Quilava (Hinoarashi—>Magmarashi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Cyndaquil), Bill Rogers (Quilava)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Hatched from an egg late in the DP season.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As a Cyndaquil, it usually only got angry at Piplup when it was provoked.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Ash's Cyndaquil. Both of them were owned by the series' leads that started out as The Baby of the Bunch before they Took a Level in Badass, but Ash's Cyndaquil was a bit shy and timid at first, whereas Dawn's was much more excitable and happy. Moreover, Ash left his Cyndaquil at Oak's lab before bringing it back temporarily, only to evolve in a moment of crisis, whereas Dawn's evolved under similar circumstancesnote , but has stayed with her consistently.
  • Keet: He did become pretty excitable when he first saw Dawn practicing for a Contest, and visibly slumped when she said she wouldn't be using him just yet.
  • Nice Guy: Her Quilava was always mild-mannered, gentle, and always kept to itself.
  • Playing with Fire: Quilava is a fire type Mon who knows Flame Wheel.
  • The Rival: Piplup sees him as this for Dawn's affections. It's usually one-sided, as Cyndaquil only fought Piplup when Piplup provoked it.
  • Smoke Out: Her Quilava knows Smokescreen, which can cause places to be filled with smoke.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Not only the first time Dawn had six Pokémon at once, but she obtained her after winning her fifth ribbon, and just two episodes before the Grand Festival. Bear in mind that Princess Salvia had been training her to be a Contest Pokémon for quite a while, so it's a Justified Trope.
  • Flight: Due to being a flying type, she can fly.
  • It Was a Gift: She was given to Dawn by Princess Salvia.
  • Lady of War: Because she was raised by a princess, she fights with grace and elegance.
  • Team Mom: In the episode after she was obtained, Togekiss is seen caring for the Butt-Monkey penguin, to the point of scolding Ash's Gible for targeting Piplup with Draco Meteor. For bonus points, she's voiced by Kikuko Inoue, who's famous for voicing this kind of character.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Thanks to Togekiss, Piplup stops getting flattened by Gible's Draco Meteor (though this eventually stops when Gible finally gets it under control).
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: She's a flying type and naturally knows Air Slash.

Alternate Versions of Dawn

    Alternate Dawn 
A version of Dawn from an alternate dimension where she chose to become a trainer rather than a coordinator, she winds up helping to expose a plot by her universe's Team Rocket to weaponize Dialga and Palkia.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: By choosing to be a trainer instead of a coordinator, it works out for her splendidly. For comparison, Ash lost the Sinnoh League to Tobias and his Darkrai in the Top 4. She was the runner up—something of which Ash wouldn't achieve until Kalos.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She has more of a purple ensemble compared to the mainstream Dawn, who prefers pink.
  • Easily Forgiven: The main Dawn lets her off the hook for stealing her Piplup, especially upon learning that Alt!Dawn's Piplup was turned into an egg.
  • Fountain of Youth: She and the rest of the gang, plus their main counterparts, are deaged into toddlers as a result of Dialga and Palkia's fighting. Arceus gets them to stop and fix that issue.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite her career change, she still chose Piplup as her starter, and obtained a Quilava, Mamoswine, and Buneary at the very least.