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"You're such a kid."
Voiced in Japanese by: Aoi Yūki
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Susana Moreno

New girl for Black and White. She is basically described as an outgoing Jungle Girl. She has a Dragon-Type Pokémon with her named Axew, which tends to camp in her hair. She is apparently skilled at being in the outdoors. Her ultimate desire is to become a "Dragon Master", an expert in Dragon-Type Pokémon.

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  • The Ace: By Journeys, Iris would dethrone Alder, become the reigning Champion of Unova and join the Masters Eight, which consists of the best trainers in the world.
  • Action Girl: Iris is the most active female main character, being more acrobatic and athletic than the entire main cast and she is the most competitive battler among the main girls in terms of actual Pokémon battles. She's also by far the strongest trainer that Ash has traveled with long-term at one point, becoming the Champion of Unova and joining the Masters Eight, which consists of the best trainers in the world.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Iris in the games is very peppy and nice; here however, while she's still heroic, her Catchphrase is telling Ash that he is "such a kid" due to his immaturity (despite being the same age as him) and she's brattier and more condescending than in the games, although by the end of her Character Development, she's grown to become more like her game counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the games, Iris is one of the greatest trainers in Unova. Here, she's much less formidable. Justified, because this version of her is still a rookie. By the time of Journeys, however, she's already become Unova's Champion and greatest trainer. JN109 takes it further by showing that she's now part of the Masters Eight, the best trainers in the world overall.
  • Agent Mulder: She believes in the supernatural aspect of mysterious cases, contrasting Cilan's Agent Scully.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Due to her wild, eccentric behavior, she couldn't bond with her classmates and was isolated by them.
  • A Girl and Her X: Iris has this relationship with her Axew.
  • Always Someone Better: Ash serves as this to her, particularly after he regains his footing in Best Wishes. While Iris manages to defeat Ash in their first proper battle during the Club Battle finals, Ash ends up defeating her later on in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. When they battle again in BW116, his Charizard clearly has the upper hand over her Dragonite; N calling the battle off is the only thing that spares Iris from near-certain defeat. This ultimately carries over to Journeys as well; while Iris was able to become the Unova Champion, she would ultimately still end up losing to Ash when they battled in the Great Class of the World Coronation Series. Ash would additionally go on to defeat Cynthia in the Masters Tournament, something that Iris fell just short of achieving. Moreover, Ash went on to defeat Leon and become the new World Champion.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She is notably darker skinned than the rest of the cast. Interestingly, her official artwork from the games gives her a darker skintone than shown in the games and anime. But see Noble Savage below.
  • Art Evolution: In Journeys, she has slightly wider eyebrows than before and only one visible eyelash instead of two previously.
  • Aura Vision: Iris seems to read the Aura's of Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • Badass Adorable: By her appearance, she looks to be the youngest of all the female travel companions and can back things up being an Action Girl and all.
  • Badass Normal: Aside from her vine swinging and tree climbing, we get to see that before she had any Pokémon, she caught Drilbur by physically fighting him herself.
    • In Journeys, as she's the only Champion and Masters Eight member who doesn't use Mega Evolution, Dynamax, or Z-Moves.
  • Berserk Button: Teasing Axew about it not mastering Dragon Rage by calling any failed attempts a "Dragon Sneeze" is the best way to piss off Iris.
  • Bifauxnen: One piece of magazine art shows her wearing a vest, bow tie and mini top hat while dancing with Cilan.
  • Book Dumb: She's shown to not do well academically at school, but that doesn't change the fact that she is a competent trainer.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • Having developed an ego after winning 99 consecutive battles, challenging Drayden knocked Iris down a peg or two.
    • Her humiliating loss to Georgia in the latter's debut forced Iris to reflect on herself. She ends up apologizing and making amends with her Excadrill before helping it train for a rematch.
    • Also implied with her match with Ash at the Cup. After suffering a humiliating defeat with her Dragonite disobeying her and throwing a massive tantrum, Cynthia tells her that she needs to get Dragonite to have faith in her as a trainer. This gets Iris to realize that she has a lot more learning to do and it also motivates her to become a much better dragon trainer.
  • Breaking Old Trends: She was the first female companion of Ash's team to not appear in the next series as a Guest-Star Party Member (though she does return in Journeys). She was also the first of Ash’s female companions to not have a bike for Pikachu to roast electrically.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns in episode 65 of Journeys, having become Unova's Champion offscreen. Following that, she's became one of the Masters Eight and is a participant in the Masters Tournament fifty episodes later.
  • Catchphrase: Said to Ash and Georgia, "You're such a kid." To Ash, it's like a sister teasing a brother. To Georgia, it's part of their rivalry, though it doesn't really phase Georgia, and she's one of the few who actually can throw it back at Iris. Iris also calls Trip a kid on a few occasions.
  • Character Development: When we first see her she acts like she's some hotshot trainer who could beat Ash handily, but she's really a coward who refuses to actually battle him, and she doesn't open up to anyone. Then we steadily learn more about her past, including that one of her Pokémon refuses to obey her and the other can hardly battle (one ineffectual attack and another unperfected). As she travels with Ash and Cilan she steadily grows out of her insecurities, rebuilds her bond with Excadrill, bonds with the unruly Dragonite and Emolga, helps Axew begin to grow up, and overall develops into a talented and stronger trainer as well as a confident young woman. As of this writing, her arc is not yet finished either. Especially since Drayden hopes to make her his successor as Opelucid Gym Leader one day.
    • She later returns in Journeys, having become Unova's reigning Champion. However, she still doesn't consider herself a Dragon Master yet, and seeks to grow even stronger.
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally a very extreme, hyperactive Jerkass. But after she officially decided to join Ash in travelling, these have been greatly toned down to make her more of a Cloudcuckoolander, comically boastful Butt-Monkey (her "such a kid" moments with Ash are now akin to family squabbling than actual insults), and Agent Mulder in contrast with Cilan's Agent Scully.
  • Child Prodigy: She didn't have anyone teach her how to battle. As a result, she learned with her Drilbur on how to fight on her own as well as learn enough battle skills to defeat 99 trainers before losing to Drayden and causing her Excadrill to ignore her shortly afterward. This might be the reason for her Small Name, Big Ego at the start of the series.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While she serves as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Misty, Iris is very different from her immediate predecessor, Dawn. Dawn is a sociable, fashionable Nice Girl who had a mutually supportive relationship with Ash, while Iris is a Wild Child Tsundere who regularly bickered with Ash and had No Social Skills.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Double Subverted! She seems at first to be a poor battler, but that's only because at the point her Pokémon were either too weak, too lazy, or (apparently) disobedient. It turns out that she once got 99 wins in a row using only Drilbur. Now that Axew has become stronger and she has made up with Excadrill, she's showing signs of her former competency.
    • Taken up a notch as of Journeys - she still retains her athleticism (see: napping in a tree) and many of her quirks, but she's also the friggin' Champion of Unova!
  • Cuteness Proximity: From her first meeting with Ash: *sees Pikachu* "Oh, Pikachu? *glomps* AAAHH!! KAWAIIIIIII!!!" *hugs Pikachu half to death*
    • She does the same when she first sees Oshawott, Tepig, Darumaka and Lillipup. Then, however, she stops altogether and this trait is transferred to Bianca.
      • It pops up again when she meets Dawn's Piplup though, and when she meets Ash's Dracovish and Hop's Wooloo in Journeys.
    • Ironically, she's terrified of Trip's Vanillite who in itself is the type of Pokémon you would expect Iris to cuddle with...but it IS an Ice-Type...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky towards Ash.
  • Dragon Tamer: Iris strives to become a master Dragon-type trainer. Her Signature Mon is the child-like Axew, and most of her troubles with her Pokémon stems from trying to train the rebellious Excadrill, who isn't even a Dragon-type. She later catches a Dragonite, who proves to be her strongest Pokémon and the hardest test of her resolve.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the original Japanese version of Journeys, while she is the champion of Unova, it is stated numerous times she is still not a Dragon Master and that she sees doing the World Championship Series as something on the path to being one. While the dub of her first appearance in the series keeps her line to Ash clarifying that, in the opening of the Masters' Tournament, the announcer calls her a Dragon Master, seemingly doing a 180 and going for an interpretation that becoming Unova Champion made her that, despite the original version's insistance that it didn't, making her reason for joining the World Championship series more murky in the dub (as well as it being a Retcon due to the earlier episode still saying she wasn't one yet).
  • The Empath: Although its similar to Ash and Dawn's ability, Iris' ability is different as she mostly understands the feelings of Dragon-type Pokémon as she can see through their thoughts and memories. In her return episode, Iris' ability increased as she can now communicate with Dragon-type Pokémon much better than she did before.
  • Fanservice: Averted for the most part, unlike Dawn and May she actually looks like she is around 10. Her outfit is less revealing too. However, her bathing suit debuted in episode 3, earlier than any of the other three girls'.
  • Friendless Background: She didn't adapt well to a school-based environment, and her uncivilized but good-natured attempts at befriending the other students scared other kids away. Thus, she spent a lot of her time in Opelucid City alone and depressed. Her present-day attempts to seem more mature and not be "such a kid" are a direct result of this bad experience. However, Iris does realize that she should be herself as Ash and Cilan accept her for who she is not for who she was trying to be.
  • Graceful Loser: Iris actually accepted her loss to Ash in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup and asked Cynthia why Dragonite always disobeyed her. That was the first step Iris took to improve her training skills.
  • Granola Girl: Vegetarian who only ate raw fruits and vegetables prior to meeting Cilan.
  • Hairy Hammerspace: How Axew camps in her hair is a mystery.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Capacia Island UFO!", a group of Beheeyem brainwash an entire city to help fix their ship. They note Ash and Team Rocket's immunity was because "idiots are harder to hypnotise". Note that Iris and Axew did get brainwashed.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:
    • Implied. When Ash responds to Iris' catchphrase by mentioning that Iris is a kid too, Iris never argues back. Even Cilan mentions in one scene that Iris is just as childish as Ash is.
    • In one scene when Georgia calls Iris a kid, Iris responds "at least this little kid has impressive hair!"
    • Cilan even calls Iris out on her hypocrisy, albeit rarely.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: As infuriating as she can be with her catchphrase, and even though she engages in many of these acts herself, Iris is correct that Ash can engage in rather childish and idiotic antics (like only relying on one Pokémon against Elesa).
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Despite her teasing Ash for being a kid, Iris isn’t okay with others being a complete jerk to Ash.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Gets on Ash for acting inexperienced at battling, but it's later revealed she's not so hot herself. Ash even lampshades this occasionally.
    • A later example is when they were trying out very spicy foods made by Cilan. Iris calls Ash out on his complaining about the food, when she herself was having much more trouble eating it (evidenced by Ocular Gushers and sweating).
    • An episode has Iris scoffing at Ash for getting too eager to practice battle. But Cilan calls her bluff, saying that she thought of the same thing too.
    • She mocks Ash for his supposed lack of knowledge, yet she thought his Charizard was a Dragon-type (which, to be fair, is an understandable mistake to make). And technically speaking, Charizard can become Dragon-typed.
  • Immune to Slapstick: Zigzagged for Running Gag purposes. Her athleticism sometimes allowed her to evade comical pain that befell the others. She even dodges Bianca on many occasions when she hears Bianca shout "outta my way!". She still suffered slapstick humiliation in many other episodes, however.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: How she gets her hair like that is a mystery.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Almost towards any Pokémon of the week originally before this role was given to Bianca.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Despite her hubris, she is often made to face her dysfunctions as a trainer, with nearly all of her Pokémon having issues obeying her. At the same time, it may also explain her usual Just a Kid comments towards Ash in a different light.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Iris gets flak for calling Ash a kid, but she's right to criticize him sometimes, for example, Ash purposely using a Pokémon against another Pokémon that has a type advantage over helps that other characters such as Paul and Brock have called Ash out on this habit too.
    • In the episode "Evolution by Fire", she criticizes Ash's Tepig for being too nice regarding its former jerkass of a trainer. Iris is proven right when Snivy tries to verbally talk some sense into Tepig and also by using Vine Whip on it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be condescending, hypocritical, and inconsiderate (especially with Cuteness Proximity in play), not to mention her snarkiness. She's also sweet-natured (sometimes), compassionate, and caring to her friends (whether she admits it or not), and has a strong sense of fair play and justice (even as a child, her meeting with Drilbur was due to her wanting to punish him for stealing another Pokémon's food, yet she ended up saving his life and bonding with him very firmly).
  • Little Miss Badass: She leaps up trees like she's been training in Konoha, and has no problems jumping down a long-distance and swinging on vines. There's also a running joke that when something bad is coming at the group, it'll happen to Ash and Cilan, but Iris will jump or move out of the way with agility, such as when children were throwing mud balls at them or when Bianca tripped and ran over the group.
    • And, of course, she trains Dragon-types.
    • As a child, she won 99 battles in a row with just a Drilbur.
    • And as of Journeys, she's dethroned Alder, become Champion of Unova, and eventually managed to reach the Masters Eight of the World Coronation Series.
  • Long Bus Trip: It took Iris eight years and over 300 episodes to return after leaving the show.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl (outgoing, abrasive to Ash, and outdoorsy) to Cilan's Feminine Boy (reserved and polite).
  • The Medic: Not like Nurse Joy is, but Iris does have some knowledge of herbal remedies.
  • The Mentor: Parodied when she plays the 'Legendary Dragon Master' in Luke's film, in BW038.
  • Mirror Character: To her rival Georgia, both being rather hypocritical and immature despite constantly asserting otherwise. They come to respect each other more and more as time goes on.
  • Noble Savage: Between her aforementioned Granola Girl tendencies, her preference towards swinging from vines, her childhood, and her using drums and face paint in Ash's battle against Roxie to counter the latter's (punk) band, it seems like the anime favors the "Native American" interpretation of "brown". Especially when we finally see the Village of Dragons.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: In the first episode of season 16, she laughs a lot like this when disguised as a Proper Lady, mocking the actual Proper Ladies.
  • No Social Skills: Due to being Raised by Wolves, it's shown that she wasn't always good at socializing with her peers.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After leaving Ash's group, she ended up eventually becoming the Champion of Unova.
    • In JN109, she's revealed to have risen to The Master's Eight before Ash did, even after her earlier loss to him.
  • Parental Abandonment: She never mentions anything about her parents and is obviously an orphan. Martha is probably enough as a parent.
  • Parental Substitute: She's essentially Axew's mother in every way that counts.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wears one in Journeys for her battle against Ash. Specifically, her Champion dress.
  • Plucky Girl: As a child, she never gave up on her goal especially when it came to defeating and later befriending Drilbur. However, she loses it almost instantly when she loses to Drayden and her Excadrill no longer listened to her. This clearly shows in her first appearance in the series.
  • Raisedby Wolves: In the flashback, she is shown to be playing with Pokémon and doesn't seem to have a family as she sees the Pokémon as family, friends, and teachers for how to battle.
  • Shorttank: Wears a pinkish one.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Despite her Immune to Slapstick Running Gag, she has Butt-Monkey moments like every other female companion. Getting mummified by a Cofagrigus in "Explorers of the Hero's Ruin!" is one noteworthy example.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She knows what she's doing, don't question her!
    • However, this can be subverted if you look at Taught by Experience and Raised by Pokémon where this ego can come from not learning any manners for those that are stronger than her as well as living with Pokémon and winning her first 99 battles in a row.
    • Turns up a lot in her arguments against Georgia, further solidifying that they are Mirror Characters.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: As she aspires to become a Dragon Pokémon Master, she learns to develop her skills in reading the hearts and minds of Dragon Pokémon to understand them better. She later puts this to good use to help Ash's Dragonite love battling, as it didn't want to lose for its trainer's sake, and was taking the stakes far too seriously. This cost her the World Championships battle, but brought her closer to her dream.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Though their personalities are distinct, her role is quite similar to Misty's - even moreso than the comparison between Cilan and Brock. To wit: both are - or otherwise connected to, a Gym Leader; both want to master a specific Pokémon type; both often function as the Only Sane Woman of their group, claiming to be more mature than Ash (though she clearly isn't at times); and finally, both have a crippling fear of an entire Pokémon 'Type'.
  • Taught by Experience: Iris clearly states to Drayden that her training experience comes from training in the forests all of her life. As a result, she has been able to win 99 battles in a row.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bianca and Dawn's Girly Girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Best Wishes, Iris was an above average trainer, but was decisively weaker than Gym Leaders such as Drayden and Clair. By Journeys, she's become the Unova League Champion. In JN109, it's revealed that she's climbed up to the Masters Eight, managing to reach it before Ash in spite of her earlier loss to him, and in JN117, she managed to knock down 2 of Cynthia's Pokemon before losing to Garchomp. This is in stark contrast to her first battle with Cynthia in Best Wishes, where Garchomp was plainly toying with Axew even in a practice match.
  • Tragic Dropout: Subverted. In the past, she originally attended Opelucid Academy in order to learn more to become a Dragon Master. But the school's environment clashing with her usual free-spiritedness and being Raised by Wolves left her with an inability to transition to urban city life. After failing to make friends with the other students, struggling academically, and losing many Pokémon battles, she dropped out entirely and went back to the Dragon Village.
  • Tsundere: She's a Type B, usually pretty nice and relaxed, but with a fierce temper when provoked.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A mild Type 1 with Ash and Cilan. While it's clear they're all friends, she often calls their Idiot Hero/Large Ham tendencies out for silly, while they have no problem arguing back.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Is absolutely terrified of Ice types. This first showed up with one of the sweetest and least threatening of them all, proving what a little wimp she can really be at times.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Since Ice beats Dragons, and Iris has brought herself up to BE like a Dragon Pokémon, not just a trainer of them. This brings to question how will she react to Kyurem.
    • After a bonding experience with Georgia's Vanilluxe, however, she's at least started to overcome this fear.
  • Wild Hair: That hair is VERY long, don't you think? Also, take a look literally.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite becoming a Champion, Iris's status in Journeys is mainly used to show off how powerful her opponents are, losing to Ash in the Great Class and then Cynthia in the first round of the Masters Tournament.

Iris' Pokémon

    In General 
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: In Black and White:
    • Axew is Sanguine.
    • Excadrill is Phlegmatic.
    • Emolga is Choleric.
    • Dragonite is Melancholic.
  • Freudian Trio: In the first season of Black and White.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted, most likely because Dragon-types are one of the rarest (second only to Ghost and that's only when counting Legendary Pokémon). Excadrill was also her first Pokémon, though Axew really kind of qualifies as her 'Starter'. With Dragonite's capture, she finally has a second Dragon-type on her team.
    • In her Side Story episode, where she travels to Johto to have a battle with Clair, she captures a Gible - now 60% of her Mons are Dragon-types.

    Axew-Fraxure-Haxorus (Kibago-Onondo-Ononokus)
Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Tsuda (Kibago), Tatsuki Kobe (Ononokus)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rodgers

Axew is Iris' first Dragon, and was given to Iris a few days after hatching so she could quest with him, ultimately to evolve him into a Haxorus. He's very friendly and caring, though a little childish at times. While starting off as a weak Pokémon, Axew shows promise of great potential as it learns several powerful attacks during the Best Wishes series.

In Journeys, Axew has been revealed to have fulfilled his dream of becoming a Haxorus. Since then he has become Iris's Ace Pokémon.

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Axew learns a new, powerful move once per every major battle, first learning Outrage when facing Luke's Golett, and later Giga Impact when facing Cynthia's Garchomp. Played very straight with Outrage, an attack he has never uses again for the rest of Best Wishes. But in Journeys, Outrage has become Haxorus's Signature Move.
  • The Ace: By the time of Journeys he has become this to Iris now that he evolved into a Haxorus.
  • Attack Backfire: Before it was mastered, his Dragon Rage often recoiled and caused huge craters where he was.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: His position in The Team — he was a day old when Iris first obtained him. He slowly grows a lot stronger though, and by Journeys is out of this role completely.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Ash's Scraggy, which evolved later into Heterosexual Life-Partners; he was certainly very happy to have someone younger to look after.
  • Breath Weapon: Unsurprisingly, Axew's Dragon Rage is fired from his mouth. As a Haxorus, he has gained a new one; Dragon Pulse.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rarely. Axew can be a victim of some slapstick.
  • Cheerful Child: Axew is quite young and he is a very cheerful and playful Pokémon.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: He gets one against Cynthia's Garchomp in Journeys. While Haxorus puts up a good fight and gets in a few attacks, Garchomp ultimately proves to be superior after Mega Evolving, with no visible damage by the end in contrast to the badly bruised and exhausted Haxorus.
  • Demoted to Extra: Played with. While he remains Iris's Signature Mon in Journeys and is now her strongest Pokémon as well, due to his much larger size as a Haxorus, he now stays in his Poké Ball outside of battle and is no longer treated as a major cast member such as Pikachu or Piplup. Not much is known about his new personality after evolving.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped a lot. And unlike Togepi, he's aware of the distress when he isn't sleeping.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Despite learning Outrage in his battle against Luke, Axew never uses it again for the remainder of Best Wishes. At one point, Cilan even indicated that Axew's only two moves were Scratch and Dragon Rage, suggesting that everyone really had forgotten he could use the move. He finally uses the move again as a Haxorus in Journeys, averting this.
  • Gender Flip: Kinda. In the games, Iris had only a female Fraxure and a female Haxorus, but this Axew is a male. After Axew's final evolution into Haxorus and having taken the role of Iris's Ace Pokémon, this Haxorus is effectively a male version of his game counterpart.
  • Head Pet: Axew likes to hide in Iris's ginormous hair. Now as an Haxorus, he is too big to fulfill this role and resides in a Poké Ball now.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Increasingly so with Ash's Scraggy. The two are friendly enough and equal enough that they clearly have a very close relationship, to the extent that Axew has nightmares about Scraggy leaving the group. During Scraggy's Clubsplosion battle in BW070, he watches Scraggy use Focus Blast with glistening eyes.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: His dream was revealed to be to evolve to its final stage, Haxorus. However, considering he couldn't even defeat a newborn Pokémon, he evidently has a-ways to go. Subverted as of BW029 where Axew is able to dodge Scraggy's attack and defeat it with Dragon Rage. Strangely enough, Axew never showed signs of evolving even once during the entirety of Best Wishes. He achieves his goal off-screen between Iris's appearance in the second Best Wishes special and her return to the series in Journeys.
  • Irony: He only uses Outrage once in the entirety of Best Wishes. In Journeys, it's the only one of his original moveset that has stuck around.
  • Mythology Gag: Axew's dream of evolving is a nod to Iris's team in the games, who owns both of Axew's evolved forms as a Gym Leader in Pokémon White. In Journeys, he has finally accomplished this dream, matching the ace Haxorus she uses in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Nice Guy: Very mellow compared to Iris' other Pokémon. Of course, there was that one time he fought with Pikachu because a Darumaka had stolen his food; and that other time where he accidentally beans both Oshawott and Pansage in the head with maracas, causing a fight between them and Pikachu. In fairness, he was still just a kid.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up:
    • Like Piplup before him, though it defeats the premise of Iris' reason for training him, especially considering it was established early on that Axew wanted to become a Haxorus one day. Also, like Pikachu, he never goes inside a Poké Ball and always rests inside Iris's hair, to the point where his scene where he's given to Iris shows him hatching out of his egg.
    • Defied Trope in Pokémon Journeys which shows that Iris's Axew was revealed to have fully evolved into Haxorus in JN065.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Axew is a pure Dragon-Type. He keeps his typing after evolving all the way to Haxorus.
    • Axew's Dragon-type moves were Dragon Rage and Outrage. He has forgotten Dragon Rage and Haxorus has learned Dragon Pulse and Breaking Swipe.
  • Manchild: Subtly implied; after Haxorus's lost to Ash's Dragonite, Haxorus is sitting in an oddly childish manner, suggesting that a little bit of his Axew personality is still in him.
  • Nasal Weapon: Before he could master Dragon Rage, his attempts came off as sneezes. Cilan (and Ash) even playfully calls it a "dragon sneeze", much to Iris' chagrin.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Even before mastering Dragon Rage; as a matter of fact, he can cause a lot of damage because he couldn't use it properly (this prompting Cilan to call it a "Dragon Sneeze", much to Iris' chagrin). He does learn Outrage and Giga Impact.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he uses Outrage, his eyes glow red as he beats the opponent up.
  • Signature Mon: Iris's overall Signature Mon throughout the entire series. Even when he served mainly as Iris's little mascot while Excadrill and later Dragonite served as her aces, Axew's position as the Signature Mon was unchallenged. His evolution to Haxorus cemented him as Iris's new ace, completely overshadowing the other two in the process.
  • Signature Move: Initially, Axew's Signature Move was Dragon Rage, but later it became Giga Impact, signifying that it went from a weak little dragon to much more potent Pokémon. As Haxorus, Outrage has become his Signature Move which he has completely mastered unlike his younger self.
  • Sword Beam: Axe beam, actually, which is how Haxorus uses Psycho Cut. He fires that move from his axe-shaped tusks.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Breaking Swipe in Journeys.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • It first took one once it had finally mastered Dragon Rage, allowing it to become a better battler.
    • Later on in BW042, Axew learns Outrage and beats the crap out of Luke's Golett.
    • And again when he learns Giga Impact during his fight against Cynthia's Garchomp.
    • Strangely enough, during the entirety of Best Wishes, Axew never showed signs of evolution in spite of all the levels he took. Journeys changes that, where he's evolved all the way into a Haxorus. And Iris helped him developed a tactic to get rid of the confusion status from Outrage by bashing his head on the ground immediately after suffering the effect.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Axew learns Outrage during his battle with Luke's Golett and demolishes it while using that move. He doesn't stop even after the battle is already over for a minute.
  • Wimp Fight: The sparring matches between Axew and Ash's Scraggy. Subverted later on as Axew starts holding his own in battle.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Though he initially puts up a fight and takes down Ash's Dracovish with one attack, he ultimately loses his first onscreen battle as Haxorus to Ash's Dragonite in order to establish the power of Ash's Dragon-type. Downplayed in that Iris pausing the battle to calm down Dragonite may have contributed to his loss.
    • He loses again against Cynthia's Mega Garchomp as another reminder of how immensely powerful she is. While he puts up a much, much better fight than he did in Best Wishes, he's ultimately outmatched and overpowered after going all out.

    Drilbur-Excadrill (Mogurew-Doryuzu) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

As a Drilbur, he was Iris' Ace, racking up an enormous winning streak. On introduction as an Excadrill, however, he had lost his edge, and refused to obey Iris. This turned out to be because he felt the end of his winning streak was a failure to Iris. Once he opens back up, his determination, very similar to Ash's Snivy, returns.

  • The Ace: 99 victories in a row alongside Iris, and consistently shown to be powerful afterward. His position has been taken by Dragonite, though.
  • Apathetic Pet: He usually ignores Iris and spends most of his time curled up in "drilling" pose. This is later subverted when it's revealed that he only ignores Iris because he's afraid of disappointing her, and he becomes obedient to her again after they make amends with each other.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Focus Blast.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Worse than Emolga at this; he wouldn't take any of Iris' attitude and outright refused to fight at first. That said, when Scolipede knocked it aside, he wrecked that shit and went right back to sleep afterwards. Now if Iris can actually command that.
    • Averted as of "Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!". Excadrill's reasons for not listening to Iris were due to his thoughts of being a failure to her.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Initially, Excadrill knew four direct contact moves: Dig, Drill Run, Metal Claw, and Fury Swipes. This plays a role in Excadrill's disobedience arc, as Iris learns that he would have benefited from learning a long-range attack against Drayden. As a result, they train to teach Excadrill Focus Blast, averting this.
  • David Versus Goliath: In the Club Battle tournament, Excadrill fights Pikachu in the finals. Being bigger and having a huge type advantage, Excadrill is the Goliath. And despite Pikachu's high amount of skills, Excadrill wins.
  • Demoted to Extra: He suffered from this after Iris caught Dragonite, rarely being used from that point onward.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type (Ground), knowing Dig, Mud Slap, and Drill Run.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Secondary type is Steel and he knows Metal Claw.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Forgiveness: Excadrill distrusted Iris after an incident involving Drayden's Haxorus as he feared of letting her down again and didn't listen to her guidances. Also, during the battle, Excadrill realized that Haxorus was too strong and would lose but Iris kept pressuring him to fight. However, in Iris Against the Dragon Buster, Iris realized why Excadrill lost faith in her and apologized to him for her hasty actions. Touched by her apology and realizing that learning a long range move would help in battle, Excadrill left to train in order to learn Focus Blast but was joined by Iris as they spent the whole night perfecting the move. After fully mastering Focus Blast, Excadrill fully forgives Iris and regains his loyalty to her.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Excadrill is a huge softie and actually disobeyed Iris because he didn't want to let her down.
  • I Owe You My Life: Why he bonded with Iris initially because she saved him when he fell down from a cliff.
  • Keet: Formerly as Drilbur.
  • My Greatest Failure: In a flashback during "Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!", it's revealed that after losing a battle against Drayden, Excadrill feels that he has failed Iris as a Pokémon. This is also the reason he refused to listen to her in fear that he'll fail her again.
  • One-Hit Kill: In Journeys, he defeats Cynthia's Gastrodon with the Death or Glory Attack Horn Drill.
  • No-Sell: As a Steel-Type, his Poison-Type immunity was brought up during his introduction. As a Ground-Type, his Electric-Type immunity has been brought up at least twice.
  • Signature Move: Drill Run and Focus Blast.
  • Sore Loser: This is the main reason he started disobeying Iris. He felt that since he lost, he let Iris down and disobeyed her as a coping mechanism.
  • Spam Attack: Formerly knew Fury Swipes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As Excadrill - before evolving, he was more openly emotional.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: Was Iris' starter as a Drilbur, or at least the first Pokémon that she considered hers.
  • This Is a Drill: Has claws that are like drills.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Had this relationship with Iris. When he failed to defeat Drayden's Haxorus, he was disappointed and it closed himself off from Iris until the latter apologized for her inconsideration. The poor thing was also sad after he lost to Throh.
  • When He Smiles: After spending many episodes hiding his face from Iris and her friends, he finally cracks a smile after he finally starts obeying her again.
  • Wolverine Claws: Knows Metal Claw.
  • The Worf Effect: He was utterly demolished in the Donamite in order to reinforce what a beast Montgomery's Throh is.

    Emolga (Emonga)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai

Emolga is a cute Electric-Type with some rather nasty habits, a taste for apples, and a distaste for hard work and responsibility.

  • Alpha Bitch: Ultimately leaning towards Lovable Alpha Bitch, as she's quite the snob at times.
  • Big Eater: And often manipulates others into getting food for her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts all kind and innocent but underneath her cute side, she's kind of a bitch. She uses Attract to steal food from others, spontaneously uses Volt Switch to get out of fights, and tries to use her cuteness to get out of trouble or get others to do things for her. Snivy won't fall for it though.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Emolga acts like a spoiled brat sometimes.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Just like Ash’s Charizard, she’s a competent enough battler. It’s just that she doesn't like to take orders for long.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Once pretended to defect to Team Rocket just to annoy Iris. Despite their return to bumbling villains, the trio's retaliation once they found out made quite clear that using them for a prank was a very, very bad idea.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses Attract to incapacitate male Pokémon.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Ash's Snivy when they both appear on screen.
  • Emotion Bomb: Knows Attract.
  • Flight: Her secondary typing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In later episodes, she has a hidden nice side, if still having an occasionally nasty sense of humour.
  • Lazy Bum: Began as this, as she would use Volt Switch send out others to battle for her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Emolga is pint-sized and a fierce battler.
  • Lovable Coward: Will instantly bail when faced with something dangerous.
  • Out of Focus: Next to Axew being a mascot and Excadrill and Dragonite having roles as Charizard analogues, Emolga's been getting next to no screentime to compensate. Even her stated rivalry with Ash's Snivy ends up as little more than a cliffnote due to how few times they interact. It's especially strange when you remember that Emolga is supposed to be another Pikaclone. She did get A Day in the Limelight during one of the very last episodes of the region however.
  • The Rival: To Ash's Snivy.
  • Shock and Awe: She's an electric flying squirrel.
  • Signature Move: Volt Switch, which allows her to switch out with a teammate if she isn't bothered to fight.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Iris' only female team member.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Has become kinder and less selfish over the course of the show, though she still retains some of her more snobbish tendencies and her enmity with Snivy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves apples.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Emolga uses this on everyone if she's accused of anything. Naturally, it works half the time but does not work on Ash's Snivy due to also being a female.

    Dragonite (Kairyu)
Voiced by: Kensuke Sato

Dragonite was caught at Undella Town after the twerps helped him when he was raging after an injury. He is like no other Dragonite, as he has a salty attitude, a very short temper, and a distaste for losing. It took a while for him to trust Iris, and even once he became obedient, his rebel streak remained.

  • The Ace: He has become Iris' ace Pokémon after his capture, taking Excadrill's position. Later on it drops out of this trope following a rather embarrassing losing record and having this position firmly taken by Axew when he evolves into Haxorus.
  • Badass Armfold: Gives us one of this after OHKOing Dawn's Mamoswine with Dragon Rush, just to emphasize to the audience "I AM THE BOSS!"
  • Bash Brothers: On occasion with Ash's Charizard.
  • The Berserker: Fights like this when he loses his temper: throwing his full weight at the offending party with reckless abandon and sometimes taking his fury out on the environment, heedless of any of Iris' commands. This actually works to his detriment: without Iris' guidance or any semblance of self-control, Dragonite's raging comes off as an aimless, frantic tantrum rather than Shonen-style Unstoppable Rage. Krookodile attacks him while he's having one of his fits and not paying attention, and then easily counters a sloppily-executed Dragon Rush for the finishing blow.
  • Blood Knight: Dragonite is obsessed with fighting strong opponents and tends to lend them some hits on him.
  • Broken Bird: Despite his tough demeanor, Dragonite is still hurting from his horrible experience with humans. Even Cynthia comments that he can be this.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Ash's Dragonite. While Ash's is a loving and affectionate Gentle Giant who was obedient from the get-go, and had no problem accepting help from humans; Iris' is an uncooperative Blood Knight who was distrustful of humans and had a horrible temper.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He had prepared himself to intimidate and take down Ash's Dragonite, but was unnerved when they were swapped out for Ash's Dracovish, a genderless hybrid fossil resurrection. It's bizarre appearance disturbed him, allowing Dracovish to gain the upper hand quickly. It grabbed ahold of Dragonite's head with its jaws. Unable to wriggle free or hear commands from Iris, Dracovish takes him down with Ice Fang very quickly.
  • Expy:
    • Of Ash's Charizard, as the extremely powerful but disobedient hothead of the group. Dawn likens his attitude to her Mamoswine as well, surprising Iris.
    • His debut episode and backstory makes it an expy of an earlier, equally vicious Dragonite that went on a rampage after injuries from a fierce battle.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Doesn't get intimidated by Ice-type attacks and powers through them in his bouts with Mamoswine and Beartic. Oddly doesn't take his other weaknesses, Rock and Dragon, anywhere near as well, though.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Knows Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunder Punch all in one package.
  • Flight: Secondary type.
  • Flying Firepower: Able to breathe fire and fly.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Which is very different from others of his kind. This is shown perfectly against his battle with Ash's Krookodile.
  • Honor Before Reason: During his battle with Drayden's Druddigon, he initially chose not to fly so it would be a fair fight (despite having wings itself, Druddigon can't fly).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very subtly implied in his introduction episode, where he shields a flock of Pidove from an attack by a Hydreigon he was battling at the time. Over time, he shows a bit more kindness in spite of himself.
  • The Juggernaut: He bats aside Hidden Power spheres like they're nothing, breaks out of an ice coffin made from two Ice Beams in a second, a direct Blizzard attack barely slows him down, and even takes a close-range Ice Shard with minimal damage. This is heavily downplayed after he loses to Ash's Krookodile; when he battles Ash's Charizard, even Dragon Rush doesn't leave a scratch on him, and his battles against other Pokémon treat him as far less overpowered than he was initially built up to be.
  • Luminescent Blush: Has a small one after Iris praises him when she returns to her home village sometime before the Unova League.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His eyes are distinctly sharp and aggressive-looking when compared to other Dragonite, which is the first hint toward his personality.
  • Perpetual Frowner: As a sharp contrast to most of his species, which embody the Gentle Giant archetype. Dragonite is always frowning and is grumpy and angry 99% of the time and is highly aggressive.
  • Redemption Demotion: Sort of. While Dragonite wasn't a villain, he initially had a nasty temper and was highly disobedient, yet was so powerful he could shrug off Ice-type moves with ease and one-shot powerhouses such as Dawn's Mamoswine. Ironically, after he started obeying Iris, he completely lost his status as The Juggernaut, becoming significantly less tanky and failing to get any official wins in battle.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Somewhat akin to Ash's Charizard, starting off a very unruly and disobedient powerhouse. Making it even more poetic when he made a rival out of the latter, who by that point had Undying Loyalty to Ash.
  • The Rival: Becomes this with Ash's Charizard immediately upon meeting him.
  • Signature Move: Dragon Rush, which is his strongest move and only Dragon-type move.
  • Sore Loser: Oh boy, is he ever! One attack from Krookodile's newly learned Dragon Claw, and he realizes that he's outmatched. He starts getting angry and using three of his four attacks all over the place.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In his early appearances in Black/White, he was able to shrug off Ice-type attacks with minimal damage despite having a double weakness. Yet in Journeys, he gets taken out by an Ice Fang from Ash’s Dracovish.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Even though he allowed himelf to be caught by Iris, he initially refused to obey her. Considering he fought off two Ice Beams and a Blizzard from Georgia's Beartic and multiple Ice Shards and an Ice Fang from Dawn's Mamoswine — moves that all of which Dragonite specifically is profoundly weak to — he was likely too high a level to take her seriously. She eventually did earn his trust, though ironically, he never won any battles after becoming obedient.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Implied to be the reason why he initially obeyed Iris while battling Krokorok. This comes back to bite him when Krokorok evolves into Krookodile and attacks him with Dragon Claw.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Especially when he first appeared, Dragonite refused to do anything other than just overpower whoever he fought. Learned some humility when he lost to Krookodile and when Iris defended him in the fight with the Kami Trio.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Takes defeats very, very poorly. The kind of 'poorly' that screams like a bloody psychopath, blasts craters in the ground with Thunder Punch, freezes the walls with Ice Beams and tries to roast everything around him with Flamethrower.
  • The Worf Barrage: Dragon Rush, his most powerful attack, has failed to defeat anyone after Mamoswine.
  • The Worf Effect: Any defeats seem to enforce how badass his opponent is, such as Ash's Krookodile, Charizard and Dracovish; Drayden's and Clair's Druddigon; Cynthia's Milotic. Any of the battles he's actually won were when he wasn't obeying Iris.

    Gible (Fukamaru)

  • Character Tics: Like Ash's Gible before him, he seems to like biting people on the head - mostly Axew, in this case.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He seems very much unaware of his surrounding and all around him, simply doing his own thing and not always aware of the trouble he might be causing.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig, which is also his only confirmed move as of yet.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Hero of Another Story: Both he and his new trainer, when they first met. As Iris finds out, Gible had just been sleeping in a tree and minding his own business, when he accidentally fell out and landed on a Skarmory. Startled, the Steel/Flying Mon flew away with him stuck on its back, until he was dropped into Blackthorn City; the unfamiliar surroundings confused him for being so different from his peacful forest home. He causes damage to the city and is nearly run out of town when Iris helps him out, and she takes him to see Clair. He is then given the chance to live in peace at the Dragon's Den, but decides that he wants to accompany Iris on her personal journey.
  • I Owe You My Life: He falls off a clock tower in Blackthorn while trying to use the height to get a good look at the city; thankfully, he manages to catch one of the clock's arms, and upon spotting him Iris climbs the tower to save his life. This makes him fond of her, and he ultimately decides to join her before she leaves.
  • Out of Focus: He only appears in a brief Flashback in Journeys.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Iris' team, being that she meets him in Blackthorn while she's on business there and after she's parted company with Ash.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The notch in the fin indicates this is a male Gible.
  • Tunnel King: Typical of his species.