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Main characters

     Dawn (Hikari) 
See here for more about Dawn and her Pokémon.

     Brock (Takeshi) 
One of Ash's original companions, who continued to travel with him throughout Diamond and Pearl. See here for more about Brock and his Pokémon.

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Supporting Cast

     Professor Rowan (Dr. Nanakamado) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Iemasa Kayumi (Diamond and Pearl), Eizo Tsuda (Journeys)
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Salvador Reyes (season 10), Humberto Sorlózano (season 11), José María Negri (season 12)

The Pokémon professor living in the Sinnoh region. After Dawn unknowingly bumped into him while trying to find his lab, he helped her start her journey as a trainer by giving her the choice of Piplup, Chimchar, or Turtwig as a starter Pokémon. Rowan exhibits the following tropes:


  • The Comically Serious: He's almost too serious even when he's trying to be genuine.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's one of the oldest professors, but is still cool with Sinnoh's youth.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Summer School arc gave him some much-deserved extra screentime.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very frequently. For instance, see his first appearance, in DP001:
    Dawn: [after bumping into him] I'm - I'm so sorry!
    Rowan: [turning to face her] Hello. You're looking lost.
    Dawn: Huh? Are you talking to me, sir?
    Rowan: Right. There's no one else here and you're looking very lost.
  • The Mentor: Took Gary under his wing after he decided to become a Pokémon Professor.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a bit heavy-handed, but ultimately serves as a valuable mentor to the main cast.
  • The Straight Man: To his old friend Professor Oak. Oak's a bit silly, whereas Rowan is all business. Rowan even chides Oak for this, criticizing him for slacking in his research when Dawn can only recognize him as a poet.

     Johanna (Ayako) 
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Johanna as a Pokémon coordinator champion.
Voiced in Japanese by: Makoto Tsumura
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez (season 10), Belinda Martínez (season 13)

Dawn's mom. It's quickly revealed that she was a world famous Pokémon coordinator contest champion when she was a trainer, and she hasn't lost any of her touch as a mother either (as Dawn is quickly proven first-hand). Her favorite Pokémon is her Glameow.


  • Action Mom: She was a champion Coordinator in her days and hasn't missed a step since then. She still easily beats Dawn in battle.
  • Ascended Extra: In the games, Johanna was notable for having noticeably more character than previous moms, who before her mostly provided overnight healing and the occasional itemnote , having had a history as a Coordinator and occasionally showing up to compete in the Master Class contests with her Kangaskhan. Here, Johanna not only has a history, but has plenty of presence in Dawn's own character arc, with a history as a champion Pokémon Coordinator, with Dawn seeking to follow in her footsteps.
  • Cute Kitten: Glameow, who she used in contests.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her Umbreon is a Dark type, which is Evil type in Japan. She also used it in contests.
  • Good Parents: A loving and supportive mother who wholeheartedly encourages Dawn to pursue her dream of becoming a Contest champion.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Like Dawn, she's an experienced Coordinator and has a few of those on hand for Contests. Her green standby has Opera Gloves and a Cool Crown.
  • Retired Badass: DP's first episode showcases an entire wall of Contest trophies in her house.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She created Dawn's Grand Festival ballgown and Buneary's vest. Possibly justified by a later episode that shows her to be friends with Lila, a fashion designer.

     Reggie (Reiji) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Edson Matus (season 11 and 13), Javier Olguín (season 12).

Paul's older brother and a Pokémon breeder.


  • Broken Ace: Subverted. He was badly defeated by the Pyramid King Brandon, but quickly recovered and gained a positive insight on life from the experience, unlike his brother.
  • Chekhov's Gun: in "Lost Leader Strategy", Reggie's revealed to have completed the badges in each of the four regions. He also has the Symbols from the Battle Frontier, but there's one missing, which means a lot more when Paul's backstory is elaborated further.
  • Commonality Connection: Inverted with Ash. The main reason Paul hates Ash is because all that talk about bring out a Pokemon's inner strength reminds Paul of Reggie, whose loss to Brandon had profound psychological consequences on Paul. They share another point of connection between them in that Reggie has earned all the same badges and Frontier Symbols Ash had before quitting.
  • Cool Big Bro: Even if Paul's not the easiest to get along with, Reggie looks after his Pokémon for him and encourages him as best he can.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Zig-zagged. Paul does love and respect his brother Reggie and has a good relationship with him. On the other hand, Reggie has some traits that Paul resents. The main traits Paul hates is that Reggie is caring to his Pokemon and people in general. This is also the main reason for Paul's animosity towards Ash.
  • Foil: To Paul, being much happier, kinder and more generous to Pokemon than his cold and grumpy little brother.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's a Pokémon Breeder with an unusual talent for raising them. He's so good that even Paul trusts him to raise his own.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Reggie had the makings of a strong Trainer, having four complete sets of Gym Badges and 6 Symbols from the Kanto Battle Frontier, but decided to retire and become a Pokémon Breeder after losing to Brandon (thus stopping short of conquering the Kanto Battle Frontier).
  • Master of None: When he lost to Brandon, the Pyramid King stated this was the main reason he lost. Reggie may have had a lot of achievements, but he hasn't developed a special form of battle strategy to give him any real strengths to deal with the elite trainers.
  • Meaningful Name: Reggie's name in both English and Japanese sounds like "Regi," a reference to Brandon's Signature Mons, who had a profound impact on both him and his brother.
  • Morality Pet: To Paul. Reggie is the only person Paul is even kind of friendly with, despite Paul viewing him as a disappointment. Their conversations, especially their last one on-screen, also reveal a softer side of Paul, showing that he really does depend on his big brother's support. Their last on-screen conversation shows that their relationship has started to improve, and Paul was starting to let his resent go.
  • Nice Guy: He's much kinder and more pleasant than his little brother.
  • One-Steve Limit: Subverted. A character of the day from Best Wishes has the same name as him in Japanese (Reiji), but a different one in English (Ricky).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink shirt.
  • Retired Badass: Four complete sets of 8 Gym Badges, and six of the Kanto Frontier Brain Symbols (the only one he doesn't have is Brandon's). His defeat to Brandon is the reason he's given up taking League challenges, something his younger brother Paul is not happy about.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the exact opposite of Paul. He's a nice guy who trains hard, values friendship, and finds happiness in his goals and ambitions outside of battling. Paul is a Jerkass of the highest calibur who thinks friendship is a load of Tauros. Even after Paul's Character Development, they're still extremely different people; while Reggie is friendly and outgoing, Paul remains distant and stoic.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has the same downward-slanted eyes as Paul and a similar shade of purple hair, though his is a darker color.
  • Theme Naming: In Japanese, Reiji contains rei, meaning "courtesy" or "propriety", while his little brother's name, Shinji, contains shin, "trust" or "confidence".

     Looker (Handsome) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Masaki Terasoma
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Emmanuel Bernal

A detective with the International Police who is investigating Team Galactic. He will also appear against Team Plasma in Best Wishes.


  • Adapted Out: His Croagunk from the games and Pokémon Generations is nowhere to be found in the main anime series.
  • Badass Longcoat: The kind of trenchcoat you'd expect from a G-man.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the games, he doesn't have any Pokémon to help in his assignments. He's extremely competent despite this. Case in point, he manages to get a hold of and subdue Aldith, and keep her in place with a pipe until Colress arrived and took over the Golurks. Impressive!
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in Black and White 2: Episode N to investigate Team Plasma, possibly to reflect his appearance in the games.
  • Master of Disguise: It's surprising he doesn't give off any clues it is him until he reveals himself.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When we first meet him, he comes off as a bit quirky due to having bought too many lunches on the train (the fact he gave some to Team Rocket explains why they're loyal to him later). At the end of that episode, we find out he's investigating Team Galactic.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Looker is just a code name. We never do learn what his real name is.
  • Odd Friendship: Looker and Team Rocket get along pretty damn well despite the former being with the police and the latter being known criminals. Hell, Looker was the one that convinced Team Rocket to help Ash and the others out against Team Plasma.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted! If anything, he is more useful than most Officer Jennies we've seen.
  • The Worf Effect: He is captured during the climax of both the Team Galactic and the Team Plasma arc.
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     Rhonda (Yuka) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Risa Hiyamizu
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny (Season 10 up until episode 29), Rhonda Krempa (rest of Season 10 to episode 155 of Season 13), Bella Hudson (rest of Season 13)

The hostess of the news channel Sinnoh Now!


  • Butt-Monkey: Almost all of her major appearances has some kind of misfortune happening to her, whether it's constantly getting smacked on the head with a boom mic or missing out on a chance to cover an exciting story. Poor woman can't catch a break.
  • The Cameo: Has a small appearance in the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions on the TV Johanna is watching.
  • Intrepid Reporter: If Rhonda's not broadcasting news in the studio, she’s usually out trying to cover whatever kind of event that's currently going on. However, due to outside forces and the incompetence of her film crew, her success rate is kinda 50/50.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Whenever she's broadcasting live and starts berating her boom operator, it's always caught on camera, with an embarrassed Rhonda trying to continue her story and trying to pretend it didn't happen.
  • Ms. Exposition: Is usually the one that delivers information to viewers about current events happening in the Sinnoh region.
  • Running Gag: She's almost always getting smacked on the head with the boom mic held by her incompetent boom operator, with her always threatening to get said operator demoted to the mail room.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Her final appearance in the anime has her able to successfully perform interviews with the Sinnoh Grand Festival participants without anything bad happening, not even a single incident caused by her film crew or her boom operator.

Rivals

    In General 

     Paul (Shinji) 
See here for more about Paul and his Pokémon.

     Zoey (Nozomi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Risa Hayamizu
Voiced in English by: Elisabeth Morinelli
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: María Fernanda Morales
Voiced in European French by: Claire Tefnin

Dawn's main rival in the Sinnoh region as a Pokémon coordinator. Despite her tomboyish appearance, she gets along with everyone pretty well, though she does get angry at Ash when he first thought it would be a good idea to be both a Pokémon trainer and coordinator. She mellows out, however, after some experience with him and Nando.


  • The Ace: Zoey is one of the most skilled Pokémon Coordinators in the series. She ends up winning the Sinnoh Grand Festival and comes away with the prized Ribbon Cup, after a long and hard match with Dawn that comes straight down to the wire.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her best buddy Candice calls her "Zozo" (in English) or "Nozotchi" (in Japanese).
  • Always Someone Better: To date, Dawn has never beaten her directly in a Contest.
  • Bifauxnen: Her Contest outfits are tuxes or pantsuits, save for her Grand Festival one which looks more like a stylized kimono.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She's easily the most tomboyish of Dawn's rivals. She also has short and spiky hair.
  • Break the Haughty: A fairly mild example in Dawn's Early Night. At the beginning of the episode, she is confident in her belief that a Trainer who does both Contests and Gym Battles cannot be as skilled as someone who dedicates themselves to only a single goal. She begins to rethink her position after she loses the Hearthome Ribbon to Nando, who she had previously scorned for being both a Trainer and a Coordinator.
  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't bother softening her opinions for others. When she's told that Nando does both Contests and Gym Battles, her response is, "[He] really needs to make up his mind."
  • Catchphrase:
    • "[Pokémon]! Ready? Go!"
    • At least in the first season of Diamond and Pearl: "[Pokémon]! Curtain!"
  • Character Development: Zoey, being so devoted to her own dream of becoming Top Coordinator, originally took offense at Trainers who tried both coordinating and battling, assuming them to be less invested in their dreams. This brought her into conflict with both Ash (who early in his Sinnoh adventure dabbled in Contests himself) and Nando (for whom doing both was his primary goal). While she eased off after facing off with Ash, they still agreed he'd not be the best fit for Contests due to his temperament. Then Nando blew her away by clobbering her at the Hearthome Contest. By the time of the Wallace Cup, she accepted her perspective to have been close-minded and properly apologised to Ash for her attitude; later, she battled Gym Leader Fantina (a former Top Coordinator) in a straight match which she enjoyed.
  • Childhood Friends: With Candice, who helped her raise her Glameow in secret.
  • Cool Big Sis: Zoey served as both rival and mentor early on, helping Dawn get prepared for contests even as an opponent.
  • Cool Shades: She's frequently seen wearing these on top of her head.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair, red eyes.
  • Cute Kitten: Glameow (who Zoey actually did find as a kitten!)
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Mismagius and Leafeon's Double Team.
  • Energy Ball: Leafeon's attack of the same name.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Glameow's Iron Tail.
  • Fauxshadow: Before Dawn's contest debut, Zoey tells Dawn that she's gonna win, but in the next episode, cue her Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Zoey.
  • Fiery Redhead: Toyed with. She's normally rather mellow, except when it comes to Paul's abuse of his Pokémon, which angers her like everyone else. Or discussing Trainers who partake in Gym Battles and Contests.
  • Foil: To four characters.
    • To Dawn; as her mentor and rival, she provides the straightest parallel to her while sharing the same goal. She's experienced where Dawn is a rookie and the tomboy to her girly girl. On and off the Contest field, her Pokémon present flawlessly synchronized teamwork while Dawn often has to struggle to get her sometimes-disobedient Pokémon to follow her lead. Her strategy for turning in winning Contest performances is to plan and perfect every move beforehand, as opposed to the unexpected yet stunning combinations Dawn pulls out on the fly, as a result of quick thinking, luck with a little prior planning, or both.
    • To Nando. While it's less obvious due to his conspicuous lack of screentime, he and Zoey are complete opposites in nearly all aspects. He devotes himself to Gym Battles and Contests, she puts all of her energy solely into Contests. She's a tomboyish teenage girl, while Nando is a feminine young man. She's easily fired up, open with her opinions and not afraid to say what she thinks, he's soft spoken and polite with a cool facade that rarely breaks. She lacks a preferred type specialty, as opposed to his team of Bug and Grass types. Their differences can even be seen in the way they perform; her combinations vary in effects and style while Nando's preferred techniques reflect a single central theme (music).
    • To Kenny. A departure from the previous two mentioned above, the parallel between him and Zoey isn't so much the differences between them as it is the opposing ways that they help Dawn to grow through their relationships with her. Zoey's way of helping her improve as a person and as a coordinator is more straightforward and older sister-like, teaching her necessary skills and encouraging her to do her best, while the majority of Kenny's interactions with Dawn volley between childish teasing and sincere encouragement, posing as a source of annoyance for her and at the same time motivating her to prove that she's capable of besting him and her other rivals in battle.
    • And finally to Paul, even though he's not a Coordinator. He and Zoey are the main rivals of Ash and Dawn respectively, and somewhat similarly to Kenny, their main area of contrast has to do with how they play off their respective rivals. Whereas Zoey doubles as one of Dawn's closest friends and always supportive in dealing with her emotional issues, Paul is the most bitter rival in the anime's entire run and the cause of most of Ash's inner conflict in Sinnoh. The contrast between the two gets discussed in the episode "A Pyramiding Rage!", where Candice immediately notices the completely different relationships between the two pairs of rivals.
  • From Stray to Pet: The episode Classroom Training! explains how she met her Glameow. As a child, she found it in a cardboard box on the street. Her parents refused to let her keep it, but with Candice's help, she secretly raised it in a shed behind her house until she was old enough to become a Trainer.
  • Green Thumb: Leafeon, Gallade's Magical Leaf.
  • An Ice Person: Gastrodon's Blizzard.
  • Laser Blade: Leafeon's Leaf Blade, due to Power Glows.
  • Shock and Awe: Several of her Pokémon know Electric-type moves, like Glameow's Shock Wave and Thunderbolt, along with Mismagius' Shock Wave.
  • Signature Mon: Glameow is Zoey's first and most prominent Pokemon, appearing alongside her in almost all of Zoey's appearances and participating in both Zoey's first and last battles against Dawn.
  • Soul Power: Mismagius is a Ghost-type, while her Glameow knows Shadow Claw.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Her name is frequently misspelled as "Zoe".
  • Spiky Hair: Fitting her tomboy nature.
  • Straight Man: To Dawn and her friend's antics quite frequently.
  • The Stoic: In Contests and sometimes outside of them, Zoey usually seems very collected and is not one to lose her cool. This is one thing that makes her no different from Nando, who has a similar attitude.
  • A Taste of Defeat: She's a highly skilled and competent Coordinator, but even she isn't immune to losing once in a while. She loses to Nando at the Hearthome Contest finals and May in the Wallace Cup semifinals.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Red ones, matching her eyes.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Dawn's Girly Girl. Accentuated by the fact that she always wears suits in her Contests, never dresses. In addition to the contrast, it shows that she's no less feminine than Dawn, just unconventional about it - her flashy suit in the Grand Festival was particularly fashionable and made to accentuate her femininity instead of negating it.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a short-haired tomboy who regularly competes in the fashionable and flashy Contests.
  • Tsundere: Towards Nando in Dawn's Early Night!
  • The Unreveal: Her battle with Nando for the Hearthome Ribbon in Dawn's Early Night!, which she loses, is never actually seen, and only its aftermath is shown. Whatever he did during it, he managed to impress her a great deal.
    Zoey: Nando really is something else. The way he's chosen to compete in Contests and Gym Battles, it's like he knows it's his destiny!
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She's a very knowledgable and insightful character. Not without her flaws, but still rather mature for her apparent age.
    • During the Wallace Cup, Zoey confirms the rumors of a third Lake Guardian whose residence is a lake near Snowpoint City. The conversation in question was started by Ash having an encounter with Azelf, causing Dawn to remember her own run-in with Mesprit back on her first day, which then causes a returning May to remark that during her time in Snowpoint she'd heard the rumors about Uxie. How does Zoey know of the rumors about Lake Acuity specifically? She's from Snowpoint City herself, which also explains her friendship with Candice.
  • Worthy Opponent: For Dawn. Coming to see Nando as one is a key step in her Character Development.

     Kenny (Kengo) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Rhonda Krempa
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Javier Olguín (seasons 10 and 13), Xóchitl Ugarte (season 11), Bruno Coronel (season 12).

Dawn's childhood friend and another Pokémon Coordinator. He gave her the nickname of Dee-Dee/Pikari, and never lets her forget... not that she has a hard time forgetting it.


  • Color Motif: Blue, serving to reflect his rivalry with Dawn and their similar roots. Two of his Pokémon are Water type, one of which is the evolved form of Dawn's starter, he has a blue Pokétch, he was seen wearing a blue shirt in a flashback and he dons a blue suit for the Grand Festival.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Kenny becomes one in his final episode. As the group is watch Flint and Jasmine's battle, he becomes increasingly jealous of Ash and Dawn's close relationship, glaring at Ash every time he so much as talks to Dawn.
  • Decomposite Character: In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it's Barry who's the Player Character's Childhood Friend and Rival, but since the series reserved him for Ash instead of Dawn, Kenny was created to fill in the gap.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Dawn apparently didn't know he was going to be a Coordinator.
  • The Gadfly: He loves to get under Dawn's skin.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Has a track record. It was revealed he lost to Zoey before his official debut, followed by losing to Dawn for her first ribbon. In a later appearance he loses to Jessie. He gets a win against Dawn in the Sandalstraw contest, however.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care about Dawn, but he has a rather obnoxious and immature way of expressing it.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He looks this way when we find out the backstory of "Dee Dee", the Embarrassing Nickname he hung on Dawn. Especially since he got the entire class hooked to that nickname where the entire class calls her by that very name he coined. He and Dawn ended up friends eventually though.
  • Loving Bully: He expresses his crush on Dawn by relentlessly teasing her about their childhood days.
  • The Nicknamer: He's the one who came up with Dawn's embarrassing nickname Dee-Dee/Pikari.
  • Signature Mon: Prinplup/Empoleon, being used in both of Kenny's Contest battles against Dawn, and being present in both the Grand Festival and Kenny's sendoff episode.

     Barry (Jun) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Voiced in English by: Jamie McGonnigal
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Bautista (seasons 11 and 13), Miguel Ángel Ruiz (season 12)
Voiced in European French by: Grégory Praet

Another of Ash's rivals in the Sinnoh Region. Barry is a hyperactive trainer whose idolization of Paul regularly gets under Ash's skin, and oftens encounters Ash during his travels. They share a competitive friendship as trainers, and Barry isn't too bad as one himself.


  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Most prominently seen against Paul. He's down to just Empoleon against all three of Paul's, on top of having the disadvantage against Electivire, but he refuses to give up. His Empoleon battles hard enough that it even activates Torrent, and launches a massive Hydro Cannon in desperation... only to be met with a No-Sell by Electivire's Protect and finished off with a brutal Thunder.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His usual approach to events. Though he once waited long enough for a Heracross to be attracted by slathered honey.
  • Butt-Monkey: Silly, unfortunate things happen to him all the time. He forgets things, people (usually Ash) keep getting in his way while he's running around, Gible eats his bike and gym battle ticket, etc.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm going to make you pay a fine for that! Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four — "
    • In battle, his catchphrase is "[Pokémon], let's get going!"
  • Character Exaggeration: He doesn't have the level of characterization (and Character Development) his game counterpart had, with the anime mostly just playing up his hyperactivity.
  • Character Tics: Snapping his fingers.
  • Crash into Hello: With Barry being as hyperactive as he is, he crashes into Ash almost every time he appears.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be arrogant, loud, and impatient, but he's still a skilled battler who usually gives Ash a good run for his money. It's indicated that he won his first few Sinnoh League battles with ease, which makes Paul curb-stomping him look that much more impressive.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He tried. Good lord, he tried. Yet in the end, all he ended up with was a devastating 3-0 loss to Paul.
  • Death or Glory Attack: His Empoleon's signature move is Hydro Cannon and it also learns Hyper Beam, which puts alot of power into a single attack but leaves it defenseless afterwards. And after a Torrent boost on top of that it's completely stopped by Electivire's Protect and unable to do nothing but stand and take the retaliation.
  • Determinator: Just watch how hard he and his team try to win when they face Paul.
  • The Ditz: Barry tends to act faster than he thinks.
  • Dumb Blonde: While not at all unintelligent, he's seriously impatient and rushes into things without thinking. Sometimes his rushes end with him and another person (usually Ash) colliding.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He was so absorbed in telling Dawn and Brock about Tobias the Olympus Mons trainer that it took him a while to even notice Ash's match.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Played with. While Barry is on good terms with Ash and co. overall, he frequently annoys them with his arrogance and impatient habits. Quite a bit of Ash's interactions with Barry consist of the two snarking about the other's skill level, though they ultimately remain friends.
  • Graceful Loser: After losing to Paul in the Sinnoh League, he commends Paul for the battle the two shared. Paul, surprisingly, returns the favor.
  • Gratuitous English: In the Japanese version. Most notably, "BEST FRIENDS!" and "DADDY!?"
  • Hero-Worshipper: Barry idolizes Paul after watching his performance in the Tag Battle tournament. While their first encounter naturally doesn't go very well, Paul is much more respectful of him by the Sinnoh League, commending Barry for a great battle despite the overwhelming 3-0 victory.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He flagrantly disregards everyone's warnings about Paul's jerkassery. When Ash tells him that Paul abandoned Chimchar rather than trading it to him, Barry simply refuses to listen.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is the son of Palmer after all. He throws his Poké Ball so hard, he does a complete forward flip in the process.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He tells others to watch where they are going, but Barry himself doesn't watch where he is going.
  • Keet: Oh Arceus is he ever. He's hotblooded and energetic, just like Ash.
  • Large Ham: Barry honestly could pursue a career in theatrics with the level of drama he acts out.
  • Motor Mouth: Barry talks entirely too much sometimes.
  • No Indoor Voice: Every line he has is yelled at the top of his lungs.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Dawn, he was once involved in a singing duet with an Exploud.
  • Running Gag: He always interrupts Team Rocket before they can finish their motto.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: His wails are always very silly and over the top.
  • Signature Mon: Empoleon is by far Barry's most prominent Pokemon, to the point where he's rarely seen using anything else. Even when he does, Empoleon is almost always saved for last.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Barry treats himself like he's a world class trainer. Paul barely even acknowledges his existence. Not to mention even after Ash proves himself a better trainer than him, Barry still thought the opposite for a time.
  • The Strategist: Surprisingly, he's this by the Sinnoh League. Possibly in an attempt to impress Paul, who is known for being extremely strategic himself, he prepares a number of tactics for their battle such as using Skarmory as a Sacrificial Lamb to set up Spikes and maximizing Hitmonlee and Empoleon's reflexes. Unfortunately for him, though, this does little to faze Paul.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has spiky blond hair similar to Palmer's.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Orange.
  • Unknown Rival: Wants to be a rival of Paul's, but Paul clearly couldn't care less. After his loss in the Sinnoh League, Paul does acknowledge his skill.

     Ursula (Urara) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Ayako Kawasumi
Voiced in English by: Melisa Schroenburg
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Betzabé Jara (season 12), Cristina Hernández (season 13)

A fellow Pokémon Coordinator with a rather poisonous personality who Dawn met at the Chocovine Pokémon Contest. Believing that Dawn's Wallace Cup victory was a fluke, she's determined to knock her down a peg or two.


  • Alpha Bitch: She's a mean, petty coordinator who steps on Dawn's Poffins.
  • Anime Hair: Her pink hair is tied into twin drills.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In her first appearance, she refuses to believe Dawn's win against May was based on skill.
  • Character Tics: When giving commands in a Pokémon Contest, she makes the "ILY" hand sign with both hands and her arms crossed.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just like Harley before her, but more subtle and strategic. She has no qualms about using Dawn's fear of Plusle and Minun against her in a Contest, or having them use Encore to force her opponent's Pokémon to perform the same move over and over, causing them to lose points with the judges.
  • Decomposite Character: She takes after Harley in personality, being a mean-spirited Coordinator who regularly harasses one of Ash's female traveling companions, while Nando takes after him in appearance, voice, and mannerisms.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Dawn. They're both ambitious and talented at Contests, but the difference is that Dawn is kind and sweet to nearly everyone she meets, while Ursula taunts her opponents, boasts about her abilities, and has no qualms about humiliating her opponents in public.
    • She could be considered one to Zoey as she belittles Dawn and puts her down while Zoey is a helpful big sister mentor to her instead.
  • Evil Is Petty: She goes out of her way to spite Dawn at every turn, simply because she believes her to be an incompetent Coordinator who scrapes by on dumb luck.
    Ursula: (addressing Zoey) I'll make sure you and Dawn never meet in the final round!note 
  • Evil Laugh: "Ahahahahahaha!"
  • Expy: Ursula has a good set of mixed influences.
    • As a red-head with elaborately curled pigtails, she bears a striking resemblance to Amy Sorel and Kasane Teto, and has a less direct resemblance to Urara Kasugano.
    • She also inherits the role of the harshest of Dawn's rivals from Harley, who was much the same for May.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: "The horror! My beautiful Gabite's been soiled! How dare you!"
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Being a Coordinator, she has some skill at cooking Poffins, though Dawn's Pachirisu doesn't like the ones she makes.
  • Game-Breaker: In-Universe. In one contest, where the goal was to impress the judges with varied moves, she used Encore, forcing the opponents to repeat moves and thus lose points.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her hair ribbons are a pale lavender.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: She wears her hair in pink twin drills.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She appears three times in the series. Each time, she gets her butt kicked by Dawn, including one time when her Gabite lost to Pachirisu.
  • Insufferable Genius: She's a skilled Pokémon coordinator...and she makes sure everyone knows it.
  • It Only Works Once: Her Grand Festival appeal involves her two Eevee evolving into Vaporeon and Flareon mid-performance. It makes for an impressive display, but as Brock notes, it can only be pulled off once.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Dawn's light. They're both feminine coordinators, but while Dawn is nice and learns to take losses well, Ursala is an arrogant sore loser.
  • Meaningful Name: In the original version, her name is derived from 麗らか uraraka, Japanese for beautiful or glorious.
  • Mega Twintails: Her pink hair is styled in large drill-shaped pigtails.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In her first appearance, she offers Dawn's Pachirisu a Poffin to replace the one her Gabite stepped on. Pachirisu didn't like the taste, but it's the thought that counts.
    • Despite her arrogance, Ursula cares for her Pokémon and treats them well, unlike Paul. When her Gabite loses the Chocovine Contest, she comforts her and tells her that she did a great job. And she comes to have some respect for Dawn in the end, as much as she may deny it.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She participated in the Wallace Cup and lost in the first round, but didn't appear during that arc. She only revealed her participation during her true debut thirty-five episodes later.
  • Rolling Attack: Jigglypuff's Rollout, also Plusle and Minun's "twin attack formation" in Playing the Performance Encore!
  • Signature Mon: Her Gabite is her most frequently used Pokémon and appears to be her strongest team member.
  • Technicolor Eyes: A dark pink that matches her hair.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her Grand Festival dress is three different shades of blue.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Not only do her Plusle and Minun know Helping Hand, they work perfectly together in Contests, making them a fantastic choice for Double Battles.

     Conway (Kōhei/Kouhei) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kozo Mito
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán (season 10 and 13), Gabriel Ortiz (season 11).

Dawn's partner in the Hearthome Tag Battle competition, who took a liking to her. He was only intended to appear for a few episodes, but unexpected popularity among the fanbase brought him back for more.


  • Badass Bookworm: He's big on battle strategy, giving Ash a hard time in their League battle. He even managed to overwhelm Paul in the Heartrome Tag Tournament throughout most of their match.
  • Battle Couple: Formed one with Dawn in the Tag Battle Tournament. Although the affection is one-sided...
  • Blue with Shock: When he found out the "little girl" he partnered with in a Pokémon Summer Academy race was a ghost, right before fainting dead away.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this briefly in "Ghoul Daze!" when under the ghost girl's mind-control.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For a creepy, nerdy stalker, it's very surprising to see how ridiculously competent Conway can be in battle. In addition, he sports a nice variety of Pokémon despite his battling skills not being highlighted often.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    Conway: (off-screen) Well, how are you, Number 28?
    Dawn: (cheerfully) I'm fine!note 
    (cut to a close-up of Conway with Scary Shiny Glasses)
    Conway: That's good. Conway is the name. A pleasure.
  • Expy: His design is based on the Super Nerd Trainer class in the main Pokémon games.
  • Flaw Exploitation: In the battle against Paul and Ash, he exploited the fact Paul loved to use Protect by having a Pokémon with Feint. Later, he was well aware Ash had a preference for using Fragile Speedster type Pokémon by using Trick Room.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • Dusknoir when using Trick Room outspeeds almost everything on Ash's team due to Trick Room causing slower Pokémon to go first. Finally, Dusknoir was shown taking and dealing out hits with ease.
    • His Shuckle is not fast, but its defenses are really good, and there's a special move that unlocks its offensive powers...
  • Mighty Glacier: Dusknoir, out of Trick Room, due to its low speed but amazing ability to take hits and dish them out.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Despite his creepiness, and zero regard for boundaries, Conway is a pretty nice guy, a supportive companion, and loving Pokemon trainer. He even firmly believes that love is key to raising Pokémon.
  • Near-Death Experience: In Ghoul Daze, he almost gets lured off a cliff by a creepy ghost girl. Luckily, he's saved by a Dusknoir.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: He's a geeky trainer with Ship Tease towards Dawn.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite making good showings in the first two legs of the Pokémon Triathlon, making good use of Dugtrio's Dig and Floatzel's Dive to bypass the other competitors, he ultimately loses in the final leg because he's bad at long-distance running.
    Conway: Big mistake. Not doing a little cardio training was pretty dumb.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He could sometimes engage in this, particularly with Dawn.
  • Shirtless Scene: In Up Close and Personable, justified in that said episode involved the Pokémon Summer Academy students diving underwater to search for aquatic Pokémon.
  • Signature Laugh: A mildly creepy "heh heh heh..." chuckle, accompanied by adjusting his glasses.
  • Signature Mon: He's seen with Slowking in the Tag Battle and Summer Academy arcs, but strangely it doesn't participate in his League battle against Ash.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Never shows any attraction towards anyone but Dawn.
  • Spell My Name with an S: His Japanese name can be spelled either "Kōhei" or "Kouhei".
  • Stalker with a Crush: He follows Dawn everywhere, popping up behind her at random times and offering her advice. Apparently, he went to the Pokémon Summer Academy just because he knew she would be there.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: A running gag is him randomly appearing from behind Dawn and startling her (as well as anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity).
    Dawn: No one makes an entrance like Conway.

     Nando (Naoshi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuya Nakai
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Arenas

A soft-spoken minstrel with a liking for music and Grass-type Pokémon. In his debut episode, Ash and Dawn helped him decide to participate in both Gym Battles and Contests, making him a rival for both of them.


  • Adaptational Nationality: The English dub implies that he's Hispanic (or whatever the equivalent is in the Pokémon world), by giving him a name of that origin and an accent that sounds vaguely European, but never confirms it.
  • Aerith and Bob: On the "Aerith" side of the scale.
  • Agent Peacock: Like Harley before him, he acts quite feminine, yet proves to be a skilled Trainer and Coordinator.
  • All-Loving Hero: Nando is unfailingly warm and friendly to everyone, even those outwardly rude to him. The closest he ever gets to being angry at someone is the episode A Secret Sphere of Influence! when he's visibly annoyed with Officer Jenny for continuing to accuse him and Sunflora of stealing the Adamant Orb without solid proof; even then, he remains stiffly polite and composed.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Less outwardly flamboyant than Harley, but just as effeminate.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: His manner of speech is noticeably more formal than most other characters tend to use, for example, saying "I am in your debt" instead of "thank you".
  • Art Evolution: Compare this (Dawn of a New Era) to this (League Unleashed).
  • Ascended Extra: Appeared in one of the very first episodes, seemingly as a one-shot character, and after several noteworthy apearances he ultimately features in both the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh Conference.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: He dresses like an old-fashioned performer and is a powerful rival to both Ash and Dawn.
  • Badass Cape: His cape is shaped like a bitten lily, which his perfect for his Bug-type theme.
  • Bishōnen: His character design is pretty feminine. He even appears to be wearing mascara during his Contest performance in "Dawn's Early Night".
  • Big "NO!": Drops one when Ash's Heracross KO's his Kricketune with Megahorn in the Sinnoh League.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Say what you will about him, but consider this—while most other major characters were practically scrambling to get either eight badges or five ribbons in time for their event, Nando managed to attain both complete sets in time for each major competition. He also reached the Top 4 in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, and if he hadn't been matched up against Ash so early in the Lily of the Valley Conference, it's quite probable he'd have gotten further than just the Top 64 in that competition, as well. He may act as a musical bard most of the time, but he is able to be a very competent coordinator and battler, with Zoey even commenting that the latter was giving him a big edge in their contest battle in the festival.
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Billy Regan has voiced a flamboyant, green-clad young man with a goal of collecting Contest ribbons and a humanoid, half-Grass-type Pokémon for a partner.
  • Character Tics: He often says things in a sing-song voice.
  • Clear Their Name: In A Secret Sphere of Influence!, he's suspected of stealing the Adamant Orb on the grounds that he has a Sunflora, a Pokémon that was seen escaping with the artifact in question. It turned out to be Team Rocket's Meowth in a Sunflora costume.
  • Color Motif: Green, owing to his love of nature and relaxed attitude.
  • Conflict Killer: His establishing character moment was breaking up an argument between Ash and Dawn.
  • Cowardly Lion: Not Nando himself, but his Sunflora. It abandoned him when he was arrested by Officer Jenny, but hunted down Team Rocket for framing him and exposed their disguises, preventing them from successfully escaping the museum with the Adamant Orb.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his polite and very feminine demeanor, he's no pushover when it comes to Pokémon battles.
  • Cultured Badass: He's a skilled musician and studies Sinnoh's history in his spare time.
  • Dashing Hispanic: The English dub seems to be going for this angle with him by giving him a Spanish name and soft, smooth-sounding European accent.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Coming Full Festival Circle" is about him advancing to the Grand Festival finals.
  • Death by Irony: Defeat, anyway. Both of his final matches in the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh League were against a Pokémon matching one of his specialty types — Leafeon, a Grass-type, and Heracross, a Bug-type.
  • Decomposite Character: He takes after Harley in appearance, voice, and mannerisms, while Ursula takes after him in personality, being a mean-spirited Coordinator who regularly harasses one of Ash's female traveling companions.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After he clobbered Zoey off-screen in Dawn's Early Night!, she changed her mind about not accepting Trainers who choose to participate in both Gyms and Contests.
  • Depending on the Artist: In early episodes, his bangs were sometimes drawn facing different directions. This stopped by "Coming Full Festival Circle".
  • Determinator: An understated example. Many characters are shown to struggle with obtaining either eight Gym Badges before the regional League or five Contest Ribbons before the Grand Festival. Nando collecting both sets is a testament to his skill in both fields.
  • The Ditherer: In his first episode, he could not decide if he wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer or Coordinator. After battling both Ash and Dawn, he took a third option and went down both paths at once.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Got Jessie back for the Adamant Orb incident when he defeated her in the Hearthome Contest five episodes later.
  • Easily Forgiven: Nando does not seem to hold grudges, as he did not hold any ill will against Officer Jenny for falsely arresting him on suspicion of stealing the Adamant Orb, nor Zoey for being cold and dismissive to him when she found out he did both Contests and Gym Battles.
  • Effeminate Voice: The American dub gives him a soft, gentle voice with a thick, vaguely European accent.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Briefly. When James and Meowth are selling Pokémon Coordinator merchandise during Opposites Interact, you can hear a male voice saying, "I'd like a photo of Nando..."
  • Extreme Doormat: He let the Eterna City Officer Jenny tie him up in "A Secret Sphere of Influence!". That should tell you something.
  • Expy: Visually a dead ringer for Harley, down to sharing the same voice actor. His personality, though, is a closer match to Robert's, being a polite gentleman and skilled Coordinator.
  • Fatal Flaw: His over-reliance on his Signature Move, Sing, was exploited by Zoey in the Grand Festival and Ash in the Sinnoh League.
  • Flat Character: Gets this accusation thrown at him a lot because unlike the other Sinnoh rivals he's just a straight-up Nice Guy whose spirit never wavers at all.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: He wears them in his hat during Contests.
  • Foil: The calm, even-tempered dual-duty Pokémon trainer to match Zoey the determined, competitive Pokémon Coordinator.
  • Frame-Up: Victim of an unintentional one in A Secret Sphere of Influence, when Team Rocket breaks into the Eterna Museum and steals the Adamant Orb with Meowth disguised as a Sunflora, at the exact same time Nando happens to be there with his own Sunflora.
  • Friend to All Children: He gets along pretty well with Ash, Brock, and Dawn.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The night before the Grand Festival semifinals has him playing harp music to a gathering of wild Pokémon in the forest.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: In A Secret Sphere of Influence, he visits the Eterna Museum to study the history of Sinnoh. Unfortunately for him, he's there at the exact same time Team Rocket is stealing the Adamant Orb, with Meowth disguised as a Sunflora, a Pokémon he just happens to have on hand.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His iconic Mew harp. He also wears a gold shoulderplate while performing in Contests.
  • Harp of Femininity: Inverted and played straight at the same time — he's a guy who plays the harp, but an extremely feminine guy at that.
  • Humble Hero: While talking to Ash, Brock and Dawn during the night before the Grand Festival semifinals, he expresses surprise that he's made it so far in the competition.
  • Iconic Item: He is never seen without his golden Mew-shaped harp.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Everyone else was surprised when he was revealed to have a Lopunny in the Grand Festival, a Pokémon that doesn't fit the theme of his team, as it's not a Bug- or Grass-type and can't use Sing.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Zoey, Dawn, Brock, and Ash. They are all children and teenagers while Nando appears to be in his early twenties.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Like many other things about him, this is a departure from the traditional mold of Pokémon characters. While it's not unusual for minor characters to have only one or two outfits, most Sinnoh Coordinators have a variety of ensembles to wear while performing (Dawn's Pimped-Out Dresses and Zoey's tuxedos come to mind). The most he does during a Contest is stick a feather in his hat, put on a gold shoulderplate, and swap out his single-Mew harp for a double-Mew one.
  • Long Bus Trip: Ignoring his cameo in A Breed Stampede, he disappeared for a year after Dawn's Early Night.
  • Lucky Translation: His English name, which is in Spanish, just happens to actually be a Japanese word that means "many times", which matches up with the large number of battles he has to do as both a pursuer of Gym Badges and a Coordinator.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Zoey's Masculine Girl. He's a softspoken musician with long flowing green hair, while Zoey is a brutally honest tomboy with short spiky red hair.
  • Master of None: Ultimately, as while he made good showings in the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh League, he won neither of them. It doesn't seem to bother him, though.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • He shares his Japanese name with Naoshi Mizuta, another musician.
    • In English, his name rhymes with "glissando", a musical term denoting a glide from one pitch to another. It can be played on many instruments, including a harp.
  • Mellow Fellow: Always remains nonchalant and even-tempered. Even when he was accused by Officer Jenny of stealing a priceless artifact from the Eterna Museum, he calmly defended himself without blinking an eye.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: He loses his calm demeanor when he gets really into the Heracross vs. Kricketune match in the Sinnoh League, gesticulating wildly with his hands and even dramatically swishing his cape.
  • Motifs: Music notes.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Nando sticks out somewhat awkwardly among the typical rival lineup, doing contests and battles at the same time, dressing up in an anachronistic minstrel outfit, and hanging out with kids several years younger than he is.
  • Mythology Gag: Possibly; he wasn't the first bard to appear in the Pokémon continuity.
  • Nature Hero: Most of his Pokémon are Bug and Grass types, and his first episode had him camping outside with Ash and friends.
  • Nerves of Steel: Arrested on suspicion of stealing the Adamant Orb? Criticized for being a Pokémon Trainer and Pokémon Coordinator at the same time? Not a problem for this even-tempered minstrel. Realizing his Kricketune is on the losing end of a sparring match with Ash's Heracross might be a different story, though...
  • Never Bareheaded: He never takes his hat off, although production art shows what he looks like without it.
  • Nice Guy: Always unfailingly kind and polite, so much so that he gives polite requests to his Pokémon in battle instead of commands.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Implied by the dub, which gives him a name of Spanish origin and a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Downplayed — he has smaller and more realistically drawn eyes than other characters. It's especially obvious when his headshot is visible among the others on a Pokémon Contest screen.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Only character to regularly participate in both Contests and Gym Battles.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Implied — his English name is usually a short version of the name "Fernando," but nobody ever calls him that, not even himself.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: No matter the situation, Nando nearly always remains calm and level-headed, rarely losing his cool. But when his Pokémon start showing signs of being in trouble during the Grand Festival and League Conference battles, he actually starts to raise his voice and gesture with his hands when giving them battle commands.
  • Out of Focus: And how - he disappeared for 125 episodes after "Dawn's Early Night!" (barring a brief cameo), before finally returning for real during the Grand Festival and the Lily of the Valley Conference.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his left eye.
  • Personality Powers: His calm, composed and harmonious nature perfectly fits his preference for musical attacks.
  • Signature Instrument: Nando's harp is an old-fashioned instrument with a gentle and delicate sound, which matches his calm and passive nature.
  • Signature Mon: In his early appearances, he's most frequently seen with Roserade, but the focus shifted to Kricketune in later episodes.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Although he's not female as this trope usually implies, this seems to be Nando's philosophy when it comes to battle. Most of his Pokémon are ones that are beautiful and graceful, yet powerful fighters.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • He's a musician who's always incredibly calm. You could say he's very composed.
    • His Bulbapedia article suggests his name may be short for Fernando, with the "fern" in it being a reference to his love of Grass-types.
  • The Storyteller: "In the beginning, there was only a churning turmoil of chaos. And at the heart of the chaos, where all things become one, came the one."
  • Take a Third Option: When we first see Nando, he was having trouble if he wanted to pursue gym battles or contest ones before eventually settling on both. It did wonders for him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The "tall" part is more noticeable since he usually hangs around kids, but "A Secret Sphere of Influence" and "A Breed Stampede" show him to be even taller than Officer Jenny and Mr. Contesta, respectively.
  • Token Adult: Ash's and Dawn's only adult rival.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Wears a green cape similar to his Roserade's.
  • Unexplained Accent: The American dub gives him a European accent that seems to vary from episode to episode.
  • The Unfought: Dawn never faced him directly in an actual Contest battle (though they did have a practice bout in DP004, which he won). In fact, between directly challenging her worldview on trainers taking two paths in life instead of focusing on one, soundly trouncing her in the Hearthome contest after she had belittled his path, and giving her one heck of a battle in the Grand Festival, Nando ends up being more of a rival to Zoey than he ever was to Dawn.
  • The Unreveal: When he shows his badge case to Ash and Dawn in Last Call, First Round!, it has seven badges and one empty slot for the Mine Badge (which is Byron's), but we never find out where and from whom he got his last badge in-between that episode and An Old Family Blend!
  • Vague Age: Appears to be in his early 20s, but his outfit and old-fashioned speech patterns give the impression of someone much older.
  • Vocal Evolution: After a year long absence, his accent became slightly more pronounced.
  • Warrior Poet: He is a skilled Pokémon Trainer and musician with a love for songs and stories. His habit of rhyming is shown to have rubbed off on Gardenia when she quotes a piece of philosophical poetry in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".
  • What the Hell Is That Accent??: It sounds vaguely like a mixture of Spanish and Irish.
  • The Worf Effect: He makes it all the way to the top four of the Sinnoh Grand Festival, only to get thrown out of the competition by Zoey. Come the Sinnoh League, Ash defeats Nando in the very first round of the Qualifying Matches (the Top 64). In fairness, he sure didn't go out without a fight.

     Tobias (Takuto) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroki Takahashi
Voiced in English by: J. Michael Tatum
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jaime Alberto Carrillo

A mysterious trainer who first appears during the Sinnoh League Tournament, and one of the most formidable trainers seen in the series by far, due to his possession of extremely rare and powerful legendary Pokémon. Using only Darkrai, he has curbstomped through the Sinnoh Gym Leaders and the League Tournament. One might be tempted to think that Darkrai is his go-to Pokémon and the rest of his team is comprised of ordinary Pokémon, but only because not a single opponent is able to get past Darkrai in a match with it until Ash has a go at it with his team. When Ash actually does defeat Darkrai, Tobias reveals he has several legendaries in tow, and plan B is to call on his Latios.


  • The Ace: He is the most skilled trainer shown in the Sinnoh region next to Cynthia, steamrolling everyone he encounters in the Pokémon League. His character even might be a nod to the acquired term "sweeping" in the Metagame of the Pokémon games (i.e. a player is able to take down entire teams using only one Pokémon with little effort, and do so regularly against many other players in competitive play).
  • Anime Hair: He has long wavy dark hair that covers one of his eyes, fitting his signature Pokemon Darkrai.
  • Badass Cape: His cape flows with the wind, much like Nando.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He beat Sinnoh's Gym Leaders and got to the League Semifinals using just Darkrai. Against Ash, he is forced to bust out a Latios, which get knocked out as well in a double KO that defeats Ash. Even in the final battle, (most of which is not shown) he actually wins with only Darkrai.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Even though Ash does get his ass handed to him on a silver platter, he does manage to take out two of his legendaries, the closest anybody actually gets to him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Grayish-blue hair, light blue eyes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: No, the creepy guy with the Darkrai is not evil. He actually congratulates Ash on a good battle after he wins.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Ash is the only person that actually manages to defeat his Darkrai, and Latios by extension. Even the announcer acknowledges it.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Just after Ash finally beats his rival in the quarter-finals, and it looks like he'll finally win a major championship, he gets thoroughly trounced by Tobias' two legendary Pokémon. The trainer's appearance was never hinted at before the Tournament Arc, and it's never explained how he got his hands on two Olympus Mons. One gets the feeling he was created merely as an excuse to get Ash to Unova quicker.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Thrice. First when Ash's Sceptile breaks out of sleep status immediately with the second coming when Sceptile hands Darkrai its ass for the first time. And after that? Tobias sends out a Latios. That was unexpected. Not to mention wholly unexplained. The fact Pikachu managed to help Ash make a repeat performance to Tobias and take it out also counted, towards Tobias and the crowd.
  • The Faceless: For about a couple episodes. Although pay attention and you can see his face relatively clearly in the tournament standings. He's the only one with hair like that.
  • Glass Cannon: In keeping to Darkrai's stats in the game, his is this by Legendaries standards. Even healing with Dream Eater, Darkrai goes down to a relatively small amount of direct hits.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He's more amused than anything that Ash actually managed to defeat his Darkrai, complimenting him before finishing off the rest of his team with Latios.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's creepy, arrogant, and uses arguably underhanded strategy, but when all's said and done, he congratulates Ash on a well fought battle.
  • The Juggernaut: Nobody so far has taken this guy's Darkrai and Latios down in a fight. Well, Ash did, but he lost all of his Pokémon in the process and therefore the tournament.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He plows through every Trainer he comes up against with minimal effort, including Ash, and goes on to win the Sinnoh League. He also wears a red cape.
  • Large Ham: The way he releases Latios comes to mind.
  • Meaningful Name: Tobias is a powerful trainer who relies mainly on Darkrai to fight. Tobias is also the name of a biblical hero from the book of Tobit who drove a demon out with the help of the archangel Raphael.
  • Olympus Mons: Darkrai and Latios.
  • One-Man Army: His Darkrai. It single-handedly carries him through the entire Sinnoh League with the exception of Ash, who, using Sceptile and Pikachu, respectively, manages to take it and his Latios down with him.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted in the Japanese version. Tommy from the Pokémon Trainer's School (a Hoenn character of the day) shares the same Japanese name as him. And, to an extent, the fact that Tobias' Darkrai makes the THIRD we've seen so far (movies are Canon). Legendaries have been proven to come in multiples before (PowerOfOne!Lugia, Silver, and his mother; Heroes has practically a herd of Latios and Latias in flashback).
  • Pals with Jesus: He has two legendary Pokémon that obey his every command.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his eye, like his Darkrai.
  • The Reveal: His second Pokémon is Latios. Didn't see that coming, did you? Arceus knows what the rest of his team looks like...
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • How he caught a Darkrai and Latios is never explained.
    • There is a lot of theories and wonder as to what the other four Pokémon are in his party, considering two of them are legendaries.
  • Signature Mon: He's most strongly associated with Darkrai.
  • Smug Super: Downplayed. He is very well aware he is packing high-grade legendaries and will let his opponents know how even bringing their A-game might not be enough, but he does respect the effort his opponents put in the battle. Especially Ash given he actually did defeat his Darkrai and Latios.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His design is similar to Nando's, wearing a long cape and an emo-bang hairstyle as well as having a slightly unusual name. He even has a slight accent in the English dub, though it's very faint.
  • Take That!: He is one to players who use legendaries to breeze through the games instead of bothering to actually train a team.
  • There Is No Kill like Overkill: Non-lethal, competitive example. He was the first major character of sorts to bring Legendary Pokémon in a League tournament, who are viewed as physical deities that make most fully-evolved mons look like weaklings. And Tobias used at least two of them.
  • The Unreveal: Only two of his Pokémon were shown in his fight against Ash. Also, no explanation was given as how did he caught them even after the battle.
  • Walking Spoiler: Mentioning him will get you to reveal how Ash lost the Sinnoh league.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As is the case with every Conference Winner, there is no mention of him going on to face the Elite Four and the region's Champion, but he stands out for obvious reasons. Cynthia is still the Sinnoh Champion in her later appearances in Black and White, meaning Tobias either lost to her, to the Elite Four, or inexplicably decided not to challenge them.
  • Worthy Opponent: Goes out of his way to congratulate Ash and shake his hand after the battle, as he's the only person so far to have ever defeated not only his Darkrai, but Latios too.

Sinnoh League

    In General 
  • Adapted Out: Averted. Sinnoh is the only region to have every Elite Four member and the Champion make an appearance (not counting Alola, which doesn't have an official Elite Four in the anime).
  • Ascended Extra: With the possible exception of Flint, the Elite Four don't play much of a role in the games outside of being the final few bosses. The anime gives all of them A Day in the Limelight to expand on their personalities and serve as mentors to the main characters.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As with all the regions, the Elite Four are selected based on the strongest trainers in the region.

     Cynthia (Shirona) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Tomo Sakurai
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Adriana Casas

The Champion of the Sinnoh League.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: Before stating her match against Ash during the Semi Finals, she was talking about retiring from battling after her match against Leon. However, her defeat against him was able to rebuild her drive and enjoyment for battling, announcing she changed her mind about retiring.
  • The Ace: She is the Champion of Sinnoh, so this should be a given. She's also a member of the Masters Eight, the explicit best trainers in the whole world. As of JN109, she's ranked 2nd in the Masters Eight, only behind Leon. However, after the events of JN125, she's now ranked 3rd, surpassed by Ash himself.
  • Adapted Out: In the games, Lucario is one of her staples, having appeared on every one of her teams, but it's nowhere to be seen here. Due to Ash owning and using a Lucario of his own, her Masters Tournament battle against him combines her Diamond & Pearl and Platinum teams by using both Gastrodon and Togekiss.
  • Always Someone Better: She serves this role to Iris, with Cynthia being one of Iris's idols. When they battle in Best Wishes, Cynthia clearly has the upper hand and only calls the battle off in order to prevent Iris's Axew from getting seriously injured. When they have their rematch in the Masters Tournament in Journeys, Iris performs significantly better, but Cynthia ultimately still comes out on top.
  • Badass Longcoat: She wears her black signature coat for the entirety of Diamond & Pearl. It's absent in Unova (revealing a blue top, and paired with a different open-toed pair of heels), but it returns in Journeys.
  • Badass Bookworm: Has a love and fascination for history, when she makes her debut she's visiting a site of ruins in Sinnoh.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In the Master 8 semi-finals, Ash thought he would be battling Cynthia's Garchomp as Mega Garchomp since that was the ace in the hole that brought her victory against Iris. But Cynthia surprised everyone by revealing she has a Dynamax Band as well, and uses to Dynamax her Togekiss instead. While Garchomp is still the last Pokémon to face, it would only be at her base form.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is a very polite and somewhat quirky Lady of War, but will immediately react to whatever region-wide threat is present and will unleash her Garchomp at a moment's notice.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She takes down Jupiter easily (Skuntank got blindsided by a Giga Impact from her Garchomp) and frees Ash and co. just in time for them to stop Cyrus' plan. Looker gave her a heads-up in advance.
  • Big Good: She is portrayed this way in Diamond and Pearl, in regards to both heroics and the Pokémon League. She leads and supports the Power Trio in the final battle against Team Galactic, and is given extensive attention as the Champion of the Sinnoh League, while also playing a significant role in reshaping the Ash/Paul rivalry.
  • Blood Knight: Cynthia is reserved, but makes it clear she craves actual challenge and enjoys tough battles, something her status as The Ace makes a rarity for her to get to experience.
  • Breakout Character: Much like her games counterpart, Cynthia's popularity offered a massive boost to her role in the anime. She is by far the anime's most recurring Champion character — she was a vital figure in the Diamond and Pearl series who contributed heavily to both the Ash/Paul rivalry and Team Galactic arc, reappeared for an extensive arc of Best Wishes, and is confirmed to be one of the Masters 8 in Journeys (while getting numerous reappearances in non-World Championship episodes) eventually being revealed as the second strongest current trainer of the Master Rank, ranking just behind Leon.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: After winning/having the upper hand in all the previous Pokémon battles she had on-screen, she was finally dealt her first on-screen loss against Ash in the Masters Tournament.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • As a reference to her appearances in the fifth generation games, she has a recurring role in Best Wishes! Season 2 — her villa in Undella Town accommodated Ash and his friends as they prepared for the Junior Cup and the Vertress Conference. During one particular arc, she even brought Dawn along with her.
    • After she is revealed to be one of the Masters 8, she becomes a recurring character in Journeys. She reappears in JN083, where she helps Ash and Goh investigate a town that's been permanently trapped in nighttime, makes another appearance in the Dialga/Palkia Sinnoh winter special, and yet another in the special Pokémon Legends: Arceus 4-parter. Her next appearance is at the Masters Tournament capping the current World Coronation Series season.
  • The Cameo: Makes a slight appearance in JN077 where she was shown to be watching Ash and Volkner's Coronation battle after Volkner mentions she's in the Master Class.
  • Canon Welding: In Journeys she's shown to have a Kommo-o, which she has only ever been seen with in Pokemon Masters, as her partner while wearing her first Sygna Suit (saying she raised it from an egg she got in Alola and that it's gotten strong enough to be equal to Garchomp). Her hair when wearing her Garchomp Kimono in the Legends: Arceus special is also almost identical to her hair in this Sygna Suit, except that her topknot is instead less pronounced and pushed down to be a bun her ponytail comes out of.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not usually, but when she shows up to help Ash against Team Galactic, she has her Garchomp do a surprise attack against Jupiter's Skuntank, and then when Jupiter starts to take out another Pokémon, Garchomp lands behind her and rests its claws right near her throat. When the world's at stake, it isn't the time to play fair.
  • Combat Stilettos: She's quite a powerful trainer and her main outfit includes high heels. Her Best Wishes outfit features a different pair of heels, this pair open-toed.
  • The Comically Serious: Despite being an Ace, she’s constantly put in comedic situations. It usually involves her having issues with purchasing ice cream.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: People who try to face her in battle usually receive one of these, most notably Paul. The known exceptions are Flint (who took down two of her Pokémon before losing to her Garchomp), Caitlin (who battled Cynthia's Garchomp to a standstill with her Gothitelle, resulting in the battle going into overtime and effectively ending in a draw), Unova Champion Iris (who manages to bring Cynthia down to her last Pokémon in a 3v3 battle), and most notably Alola Champion Ash (who becomes the first trainer to give her an on-screen loss).
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Several of her Pokémon are Ground-Type, and they can use Ground-Type and Rock-Type moves to level the playing field.
    • Garchomp can use Stone Edge and Stealth Rock to bring hard pain to her foes.
    • Her Gastrodon can use Stone Edge and Muddy Water.
  • The Ditherer: Every time she needs to pick a flavor of ice cream, she takes ages.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Her Milotic knows the move Iron Head.
  • Graceful Loser: She takes her defeat to Ash very well, shaking his hand and thanking him. She was even thrilled by her defeat. The whole thing pushed her so much it revitalized her love of battling and prompts her not to retire after all. Her Garchomp also took her defeat in stride, accepting Lucario's paw and acknowledging him as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Sort of has this happen in the B2W2 season - she doesn't join Ash's group, but they lounge about in her villa for a while, and she participates in several of their adventures.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Subverted in the "Operation Tempest" two-parter - her Garchomp proves vital, along with Dragonite and Golurk, in holding back the Therian Forme Kami Trio. She also helped directly in fighting Team Galactic, even though anything connecting with the Lake Trio had to be done by Ash, Dawn, and Brock since they were the ones linked to them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is really close friends with Diantha. Even watching the finals match together.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: One of her favorite tactics is fight like normal, only to surprise her opponent with a special move or gimmick that she's been keeping in reserve. For Iris, it's revealing that she can Mega Evolve Garchomp. For Ash, it was using Destiny Bond on Pikachu and Dynamaxing her Togekiss instead of Mega Evolving her Garchomp as Ash anticipated.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Plenty of times in DP, though nowhere near as much in BW, she'll go into random tangents with vague words and meanings that may or may not even relate to what's going on.
  • Irony: She loves ice cream, but her signature Pokémon, Garchomp, sports a quadruple weakness to the Ice-type.
  • Jerkass to One: She is normally unfailingly polite to anyone who isn't explicitly a villain (even speaking calmly to Paul despite his harsh views on bonding with Pokémon), but she is noticeably annoyed and sarcastic when speaking to Alder. While this is clearly due to his incessant flirting with her, she has also never displayed this attitude towards Brock (who is similarly obsessed with attractive women).
  • Lady of War: Cynthia herself, though her female Garchomp also qualifies by merit of being both powerful and graceful.
  • Lonely at the Top: Implied to be the reason she decides to retire from battling after the Masters Tournament. She enjoys battling but being The Ace means there are very few trainers who can actually challenge her. However, her match with Ash restores her zeal and she opts to continue battling and getting stronger.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Milotic knows Disarming Voice.
  • Make My Monster Grow: In her Masters Tournament battle against Ash, she opts to Dynamax her Togekiss instead of Mega Evolving her Garchomp.
  • Making a Splash: Her Milotic that knows Hydro Pump.
  • Makeup Weapon: Her lipstick contains her Key Stone which she uses to Mega Evolve her Garchomp.
  • The Mentor: Her main role during the plot of the DP series, though she does get actively involved in the effort to stop Team Galactic, doing her duty as Champion very well. She also mentors Iris, particularly in regards to her new, disobedient Dragonite. Iris in turn looks up to her, thanks in no small part to Cynthia having trained her own powerful Dragon-type, Garchomp.
  • Mythology Gag: In JN089, she is shown to have a Kommo-o. Much like her Pokemon Masters counterpart.
  • Nerves of Steel: In JN117, she doesn't even flinch at a Hydro Pump that passes right by her (launched by her own Milotic, no less).
  • Nice Girl: She really is a kind and gentle person, who's more than happy to give any helpful advice she can.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: It's implied this is part of why she was wanting to retire: she's so powerful few other trainers actually pose a challenge to her. As such, she enjoys her fights with both Iris and Ash, as both were actually a genuine challenge to her, with Ash managing to defeat her. She's so thrilled by this, she chooses not to retire.
  • One-Man Army: Her Garchomp tears through Paul's team like a lawnmower through a notebook factory, finishing by one-shotting his powerful Torterra with a single Brick Break.
  • One Last Job: Her participation in the Masters Tournament is intended to be the final time she'll be involved with competitive battling. Of course, she hoped to cap her career by defeating Leon, but she lost to Ash and in turn abandoned the idea of retiring in favor of continuing battling and getting stronger.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is covered by her hair, which is part of her "mysterious beauty" look.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Garchomp can use Flamethrower.
  • Recurring Character: Cynthia appears every now and then in Diamond & Pearl and she also appears a lot in the early episodes of Best Wishes! Season 2.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Along with Lance, Steven, Diantha, and Leon she is one of the champions we seen on-screen that take proactive measures against wide-scale threats.
  • Running Gag: A good number of times Ash meets her she's having trouble deciding on what flavor of ice cream she wants...
  • Signature Mon: Just like in the games, her primary Pokemon is Garchomp. It lives up to its fearsome reputation from the games and then some — it isn't until fifteen years after its debut that it's shown struggling and eventually losing in battle and even then it takes the combined efforts of Sirfetch'd basically sacrificing itself to weaken it and then a Mega Evolved Lucario pulling out a Reversal while near-fainted for it to finally faint and it still almost could've won if Lucario hadn't stood up first.
  • Skewed Priorities: During the introduction of the Meloetta arc in Pokemon Black and White, while Ash and Company take care of Meloetta on the roadside, Cynthia receives an urgent call that requires her to drive back to the city immediately. She forgot her change when she bought an ice cream cone.
  • Statuesque Stunner: A few websites state that Cynthia stands at 5'11. She’s also considered attractive In-Universe by guys such as Brock and Alder.
  • Strong and Skilled: She's one of the most powerful trainers in the world — no trainer short of top level is even going to faze her in battle. She's also shown to be incredibly strategic during her Master Class battles with Ash and Iris, making extensive use of status moves, stat boosts, and abilities.
  • Super Mode: During her Masters 8 battle against Iris in Journeys, her Garchomp is revealed to be able to Mega Evolve.
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • Her introductory moments in the series show her being indecisive over what flavor of ice cream to get, a gag that shows up several more times later on. Towards the end of DP (during the Lily of the Valley Conference), Team Rocket use this gag to attract customers. Comes up yet again in BW when Ash meets up with her again in a similar manner, down to her indecisiveness on picking a flavor.
    • She brings donuts to Ash and gang during their first meetup in Journeys.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream, but she takes hours to decide which one she wants to choose.
  • True Blue Femininity: When not wearing her traditional black outfit and cloak, she tends to wear light blue clothing as her casual outfits.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Outside her standard one, she has a total of three different outfits:
    • In Black and White, she wears a light blue sleeveless top and long black pants.
    • In Arceus Chronicles, she is seen wearing a Hisuian Kimono.
    • In JN122, she wears a light blue shirt and long navy pants as she's taking care of her Garchomp.
  • The Worf Effect: During its debut in Diamond and Pearl, Gastrodon showed itself to be as unstoppable as Garchomp against opponents like Aaron and Team Galactic, even if it was always assumed that Garchomp was stronger. When Gastrodon returned in Journeys it was the first of her Pokemon defeated in both of her battles against Iris and Ash without a win against Excadrill and Pikachu, both of whom it was strong against, used to demonstrate how the two of them were now at a level to compete with her.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Downplayed. In Garchomp's battle against Ash's Mega Lucario, Garchomp had already taken heavy damage from Sirfetch'd's Meteor Assault, and was unable to Mega Evolve due to Cynthia having already Dynamaxed her Togekiss. However, Lucario had also taken considerable damage against Cynthia's Togekiss, thus putting them on a relatively even playing field. Even then, Garchomp still comes close to winning and Mega Lucario has to pull out Reversal (a move that increases in power the more injured the user is) and stand up first after both collapse to finally win.

     Lucian (Goyō) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Namikawa
Voiced in English by: David Lapkin
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

  • Badass Bookworm: Like his game counterpart, he can be frequently seen with a book in his hands.

     Aaron (Ryou) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kensho Ono
Voiced in English by: Christopher C. Adams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Javier Olguín
Voiced in European French by: Christophe Hespel

     Flint (Ōba) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Toru Nara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Castañeda

  • Afro Asskicker: Just like his game counterpart, he has a fluffy red afro and was powerful enough to be a member of the Masters Eight.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, he's the second strongest Elite Four member. In the anime, he seems to be stronger than Lucian who supposedly ranks above him, putting up a better fight against Cynthia in their match, going as far as knocking out 2 of her team members. He was also a member of the Masters Eight, giving Leon a decent fight with his Infernape getting some clean hits in and pushing the Monarch's Charizard back, even compared to Alain who likely replaced him as one of the Eight but was very easily beaten even with Mega Charizard X when Leon's Charizard came into the fray.
  • The Ace: Despite being ranked below Lucian in the games, he has the most success against Cynthia, defeating two of her Pokemon and weakening Garchomp with just Infernape. He is also the highest-ranked Elite Four member of the World Coronation Series, making it to Rank 7 and later dropping to 8 before eventually dropping out of it entirely — also meaning he's the only known Elite Four member to have ever been part of the Masters Eight. While not every powerful trainer in the world is known to be competing, it's still an impressive feat, since other Elite Four members are still ranked below him (including Drasna, who unlike Flint has access to Mega Evolution).
  • Always Someone Better: After fully evolving, Ash's Infernape only lost once in the entire remaining series. To Flint's Infernape. While he wasn't technically knocked out, the only other situation where Ash's Infernape was overpowered was against a wild Moltres, for comparison.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Infernape's 2nd Type and it knows Close Combat, Mach Punch, and Thunderpunch
  • Beyond the Impossible: Despite the type disadvantage, when his Infernape's Flare Blitz clashes with Buizel's Aqua Jet, Flare Blitz completely overpowers it and evaporates all the water.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Has this vibe with Ash and they share a similar philosophy in the way they battle with their Pokémon and he shares some advice with the younger boy. Not to mention that he is obviously fond of Ash...
  • Big Damn Heroes: in his first appearance, using Infernape to save Ash from the Sunyshore gym's security system, and again to rescue Kenny's Floatzel from Team Rocket.
  • Blood Knight: If his Infernape's reaction to Pikachu is anything to go by than he LOVES a good fight where his opponents can fight back effectively allowing him to use all its might to win. Flint may qualify as well since he also thought Pikachu was well trained and worth more effort to battle against.
  • The Bus Came Back: He makes his return in Journeys in JN100, where he's revealed to be part of the Masters 8 after losing a match against Leon.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's revealed to be in the Masters Eight in JN 100, but is shown to have been knocked out of it by JN 109 due to his abscense in the final lineup.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Ash in a 3 vs. 3 battle with minimal effort. His Infernape outright one shotted Ash's own Infernape and Buizel and was tanking hits from Pikachu while tossing him around.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Flint admitted that his Infernape was putting some degree of effort into fighting Pikachu, which is more than most would manage.
    • Is later on the receiving end of one from Leon during his return episode in Journeys, his Infernape ultimately fails to push Charizard to its limits but it still manages to give pushback and even deal some notable damage that forces Leon and Charizard to fight more seriously to defeat it, even if not enough to make it too impactful.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Volkner, the two have been friends since childhood and confide in each other a lot, furthermore when Volkner starts to lose his passion for battling, Flint shows a lot of concern and tried to snap him out of his funk, albeit unsuccesfully.
  • Leitmotif: Every time he shows up you can hear a subtle jungle beat with drums. It's actually quite awesome.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted in the dub. The other Flint is Brock's father.
  • Playing with Fire: Flint specializes in fire-using Pokemon, with his Ace, Infernape, being a fire type Pokemon with powerful fiery moves.
  • The Rival: Volkner's old friend and adversary.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • JN100 has him fight and lose to Leon, with his Infernape being ultimately unable to truly push the Monarch's Charizard to its limits.
    • He lost his spot in the Masters 8 off-screen sometime prior to JN109
  • Worthy Opponent: His Infernape seems to view Ash's Pikachu as this. After casually ragdolling Ash's Infernape and Buizel he had to face Pikachu and seemed quite excited to do so the instant Pikachu made his opening attack. Flint was even surprised to see that his Infernape was excited to fight Pikachu and felt like he was putting some effort into battling. Granted Infernape wins quite easily once it takes the fight more seriously, but he still felt Pikachu was worth more effort compared to the others.

     Bertha (Kikuno) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yoko Matsuoka
Voiced in English by: Mary O' Brady
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Magda Giner


Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Anime Cast

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