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    Clemont (Citron)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yūki Kaji
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Ángel Torres, Humberto Vélez Jr. (flashback as a younger kid)

The new boy for the XY series, and Bonnie's older brother. Gadgeteer Genius extraordinaire, his inventions have helped Ash on more than one occasion. He is also the true Gym Leader of Lumiose City.

  • Adapted Out: His Emolga from the games is replaced with a Magnemite. This might be due to Iris having an Emolga during the Black and White saga.
  • Agent Scully: Played with. When Clemont gets scared of something illogical, he tries desperately to explain it from a scientific perspective, if just to relieve himself.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Bonnie wants to go look for Squishy in the dead of the night and doesn't take "no" for an answer, Clemont briefly has to raise his voice and scream that, if she were to leave, HE would be worried sick.
  • Awesome Backpack: His backpack contains numerous scientific gadgets, including an Aipom-Arm and an enormous airbag, among other things. On the downside, it is likely heavy, which makes his lack of athletic physique more apparent.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He basically managed to get a good fight out of Ash & Pikachu with a freshly-caught Bunnelby just by correctly anticipating how the two would battle, but didn't expect Ash to lure him in with Iron Tail to get in Electro Ball at point-blank range.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a Gadgeteer Genius, but also a Gym Leader who is exceptionally skilled at Pokémon battles.
  • Bag of Holding: Equipped his backpack with a function that lets out an enormous airbag.
  • Berserk Button: Clemont can get very antsy if you diminish the importance and fascination of technology (even when it's sometimes more convoluted than just doing things manually). In one instance he was even willing to side with James when one of Team Rocket's inventions was debunked as pointless.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He cares for and protects Bonnie.
  • Blind Without 'Em: When Pancham runs off with his glasses, we learn that he can't see a thing without them.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: He borrowed Ash's catchphrase about his excitement of science due to him gone after the events of the series.
  • Bungling Inventor: The Japanese opening shows one of his inventions exploding right in his face. Most of his other inventions are also shown to be less than flawless.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Whether its his inventions failing or being the occasional butt of one joke or another, he seems to come out the worst in many situations.
    • In "Awakening the Sleeping Giant!", the others needed to trade him to the princess for the PokéFlute, but ended up forgetting about him until the last second. He has to put his jumpsuit on a robot as a decoy and escape in his undershirt and underwear, much to everyone's horror.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "The future is now, thanks to science!"
    • When busting out his latest invention: "Clemontic Gear, ON!"
    • "I thought we would encounter a situation precisely like this one."
    • When dragging Bonnie away from her attempts to find him a wife: "Bonnie, I told you to stop this a million times!" and "This is so embarrassing!"
  • Celibate Hero: If his reactions to Bonnie's antics are anything to go by, romance is dead last in his list of priorities.
  • Child Prodigy: He's managed to accomplish a lot: He's contributed research and developed various facilities that aid in energy production, such as Kalos' power plant and Lumiose Tower. He also comes up with a number of inventions that rivals Thomas Edison (even if most of them end up going haywire). He's also around the same age that Ash is.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In "Awakening the Sleeping Giant!", he has to escape from Princess Allie in his underwear, as his jumpsuit was used to dress up a decoy.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has some kind of device built for every situation imaginable.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Somewhat downplayed. While not as brave as either Ash or Bonnie, Clemont does stand up. This is one of the reasons why he joined Ash's journey, to become a better person.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As clumsy and dorky as he can be, he is not one to mess with when it comes to Pokémon battles.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: A blond, lightning bolt-shaped cowlick to suit an Electric specialist.
  • For Science!: "FOR THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE!"
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: He is rarely interacting with Serena. The closest thing is when they share a dance, but that's it ( and she clearly would have preferred Ash, anyway).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's an inventor and keeps a number of useful gadgets in his backpack (although they backfire some of the time). To his credit, many of his gadgets do perform the task they're supposed to, just with the downside of malfunctioning and exploding straight afterwards. He also develops a gadget that assists Ash and Greninja in mastering their unique Super Mode.
  • Good Counterpart: Being a bungling and somewhat weedy strategist with a penchant for wacky inventions that don't always handle well, he is this to the Team Rocket trio. Games of one-upmanship with their gadgetry has sometimes occurred, with Clemont sometimes even shown to be impressed by their work. For an added bonus, one of Clemont's bungled inventions even sent him "blasting off".
  • Hammerspace: As usual, it is left up to the viewer's imagination as to how Clemont manages to carry around all those machines.
  • Hero-Worshipper: In the first few points of the series, he expressed his amazement in Ash's abilities and his desire to also be able to get into the thick of things for others. Ash by amusing contrast is athletically strong and Book Dumb, and takes complete amazement in Clemont's inventions.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Arguably one of Ash's closest friends, immediately hitting it off with him and referring to himself as "Ash's Right Hand Man"
  • Honor Before Reason: As a Gym Leader, Clemont knows that challengers have to overcome their flaws and mistakes on their own whenever they lost a Gym battle but can guide them or give advice to help them, especially Ash.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a lightning bolt-shaped ahoge, and while Clemont himself is quite intelligent, he is prone to silly situations where his machines unexpectedly backfire.
  • Incoming Ham: If he's showing off one of his inventions don't expect him to leave any scenery for the rest of us.
  • Image Song: "Kirakira" sung by Tomohisa Sako. Has been used as an insert song.
  • Imagine Spotting: In PokeTV, Bonnie once fantasized about Dedenne transforming into Bonnie-Dedenne and inflicting paralysis to Clemont via Nuzzle. Clemont's Blue with Shock reaction implies that he saw the whole thing.
  • King Incognito: Or rather Gym Leader Incognito. A definite case of It Was His Sled if you've played the associated games. Turns out he created a robot that turned on him and kicked him out of the Gym because he programmed it badly and mistimed when to enter the override passcode.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: PokeTV 42 showcases the Kalos Gym Leaders, obviously tying into their Big Damn Heroes in the same episode. The order is the same sequence the player must fight them in the games, although Lumiose Gym is depicted last, after Snowbelle. And the Gym Leader is...Clembot. Clemont complains why he isn't included in the lineup at all.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you've played the game, you should already know that he's the Gym Leader of Lumiose City. The opening also shows his silhouette in the lineup with the other regional Gym Leaders.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": His malfunctioning inventions would often result in this. In "A Frolicking Find in the Flowers!", all the human protagonists and ALL their Pokémon were scrambling to get as far away as possible.
  • Meaningful Background Event: He and Bonnie first appear walking behind Ash before he enters the Prism Tower. And they're depressed over something, too.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese and English names reference lemons note  as well as certain electrical terms.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the…: He returns to the Lumiose Gym a few episodes before his and Ash's match. The in between episodes dedicate a minute or two showing what he's doing in that time.
  • Meganekko: A male example. You've gotta admit, he is kinda cute.
  • Missing Mom: His father, Meyer, was introduced in "Clemont's Got a Secret!", but his mother doesn't seem to be present; not even a photo, flashback, fantasy, or cameo was shown.
  • Mission Control: For a brief time, he invented a Mini-Clembot to monitor Ash and Greninja's pulse during battle.
  • Nice Guy: Clemont has been shown to be very kind and polite, maybe even a bit of a pushover at times.
  • No OSHA Compliance: See Clembot's entry. Note that this wasn't intentional on Clemont's part, either.
  • Non-Action Guy: In terms of his physical ability, but being a Gym Leader, he is certainly no pushover in Pokémon battles.
  • Out of Focus: Clemont suffered this big time after his Gym Battle was over. It's come to the point his little sister and even his own Chespin have more focus than he does. This is due to Clemont lacking a personal goal of his own other than just trying to be like Ash. He still gets a few focus episodes and does contribute to the overall group dynamic, but that's it.
  • Performance Anxiety: He can become very camera-shy if he's put on the spot.
  • Phrase Catcher: His inventions always get the line "Science is so amazing!" from Ash.
  • Playful Hacker: His Aipom Arm is able to effortlessly hack into a secured backdoor of the Prism Tower. Given the tower doubles as his Gym, it makes sense.
  • Promoted to Parent: Clemont has had to scold Bonnie, remind her of her manners, and essentially acts as her caretaker. She even directly asks for his permission in order to "keep" Dedenne as her future Pokémon. Subverted by their father being around, making Clemont more Bonnie's (mostly willing) caretaker than anything else. However, their father seems to be working all day and all night.
  • Punny Name: His "Sticky Never Give Up Machine" is a very lame pun in Japanese; "neba neba" means "sticky", but also sounds like "never never."
  • Robot Me: Clembot, if it wasn't obvious from the name, was made in his likeness. Clemont would later build another, smaller Clembot to monitor Ash and Greninja in battle.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Almost literally. In "Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!", after Team Rocket tries to capture all the Rhyhorn, the controller for the cages is dropped after Fennekin uses Ember. Clemont dives on the remote with a rock and smashes it.
  • Running Gag:
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses shine in this manner from time to time, instead of being Opaque Nerd Glasses 100% like his video game counterpart.
  • Science Hero: Whereas Ash solves his problems through sheer tenacity, Clemont has a variety of inventions to rely on for any situation.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ash's Manly Man.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Has the same goofy grin and awkward run as his sister. Also, in episode 78, he appears to have the same emotional Ocular Gushers like his father.
  • Shock and Awe: His specialty as a Gym Leader is Electric-Types.
  • The Smart Guy: Is the team's resident technology expert and a Science Hero.
  • Smart People Build Robots: He built the Clembot to mind the gym while he's away. At one point it malfunctioned and locked him out of his own gym, but with his friend's help, he managed to beat it in a Pokémon battle and reprogram it to run the gym properly.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The bespectacled Clemont is apparently quite the inventor, creating many ingenious, and occasionally unorthodox, devices.
  • Squishy Wizard: What he excels in intelligence, he lacks physically. It is made apparent right in the second episode that he is out of shape. Whenever the gang are running, Clemont always tails behind being short of breath.Lugging around that heavy Awesome Backpack of his doesn't help. Bonnie calls him out on this many times.
  • Status Quo Is God: Clemont's inventions will always malfunction and explode, but he will always try again. As a result, Clemont will never stop trying to improve himself.
  • Supreme Chef: The gang loves his cooking.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Is the closest replacement to Brock than any other male companion. Being a Gym Leader, the older voice of reason to Ash with an dorky side, the Team Chef, and is very knowledgeable.
  • Team Chef: He's a very good cook, and describes cooking as a kind of science.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: This happened to him when he demonstrated the Muscle Mass Magnifying Machine.
  • We Need a Distraction: During the second encounter with Sanpei, Clemont decided to build a marching machine with crude caricatures of the group so they can shake Team Rocket off their tail. Team Rocket actually fall for it, and when Jessie takes her frustration out on their "captive", the machine inevitably blows up.
  • The Worf Effect: While generally competent, usually whenever it's Team Rocket's turn to obliterate the twerps for once, it's Clemont's team that get the worst of it. Poor Bunnelby has suffered some particularly nasty beatdowns.
  • Worthy Opponent: Being his Evil Counterpart, he sometimes irritates the others by complimenting Team Rocket's scientific "endeavours".
    Bonnie: "What is this, the Team Rocket fan club???"

    Clemont's Pokémon 

Bunnelby (Horubi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfel

Bunnelby is a Pokémon that Clemont recently caught before meeting Ash. When asked by Ash what type of Pokémon he has, Clemont only showed him Bunnelby and he's the first Pokémon that Ash battled in the Kalos region.

  • Badass Adorable: A competent battler, despite being a fairly recent capture in its debut. And just look at him!
  • Barehanded Blade Block: During Clemont's battle with Ash in the first episode, Bunnelby catches Pikachu's Iron Tail between his ears.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why, outside of Serena and her party, Bunnelby was able to approach Eevee without frightening the latter. When the gang was trying to lure Eevee out with Poképuffs, Bunnelby lets Eevee take one before Eevee was seen by the rest of the group.
  • Belated Backstory: An altercation with Team Rocket causes Clemont and Bonnie to reminisce and tell Ash and Serena about how they first met Bunnelby.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Was this to Serena's Eevee being the first person of the group she was comfortable around.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Clemont taught it Wild Charge during his brief time away from the group.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • In "Adventures in Running Errands!", the episode mainly focuses on Chespin and Bunnelby's errand that Clemont gave to them. This episode shows more of Bunnelby's personality.
    • "A Trip Down Memory Train!" is a Whole Episode Flashback about how Clemont met and caught Bunnelby.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Mud Shot.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: At the end of "Adventures in Running Errands!", Clemont gives Chespin extra food even though Bunnelby had to keep Chespin focused on their errand. Even if Chespin didn't lose focus, it doesn't explain why Bunnelby doesn't receive extra food.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig, an attack that has been proven to be very useful in various situations.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In "Adventures in Running Errands!", he is shown to be the Responsible Sibling to Chespin's Foolish.
  • Glass Cannon: His attacks can strike much harder than one would expect from a small rabbit, but a couple of good hits is often enough for him to go down.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally kind and actively helpful, whether cleaning up after dinner or helping to protect the others against Team Rocket. He was also one of the few Pokémon that Serena's Eevee was initially comfortable being around.
  • Non-Elemental: A pure Normal-type, being Clemont's first non-Electric-Type Pokémon he ever caught. That doesn't stop Clemont from using Bunnelby in his Gym Battle against Ash. He did teach it Wild Charge during his brief absence from the group, however.
  • Out-Gambitted: Ash was counting on the above-mentioned Barehanded Blade Block so Pikachu can score an Electro Ball at point-blank range.
  • Out of Focus: Once Chespin joined Clemont's team, he quickly and greatly surpassed Bunnelby in terms of screentime. However, ever since the episode with Bunnelby's errand with Chespin, he's been getting a little bit more. He gets called upon frequently because Serena's Eevee feels comfortable around him, gets a flashback episode of how he and Clemont got together, and gets injured saving Bonnie falling from a ravine.
  • Performance Anxiety: Although Bunnelby is a fierce battler, he is also extremely camera-shy, just like his trainer.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: His Dig and Double Slap attacks pack a punch. In his backstory episode showing how he joined Clemont, he sends a Diggersby flying into a wall.
  • Shock and Awe: Revealed to have learned Wild Charge during the time Clemont was away from the group.
  • Tunnel King: True to his species' nature, he's a fast, powerful digger.


See Bonnie's Holding Pokémon folder

Chespin (Harimaron)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English by: Suzy Myers

Chespin is one of the starter Pokémon at Prof. Sycamore's lab. When Ash and the gang return back to Prof. Sycamore's lab, Chespin steals Serena's basket of macarons and eats them for itself. After he witnesses Team Rocket kidnap Prof. Sycamore and, unintentionally, Serena and Bonnie, Chespin helps Ash and Clemont track down Team Rocket. When Chespin's life becomes endangered by Team Rocket's mecha robot, Clemont saves him and they start to bond. After defeating Team Rocket, Chespin wishes to join Clemont's team which he accepts.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: More than once, his attempts to befriend Eevee would lead to her hiding behind Serena or Bunnelby. The awkwardness of the situation is more on Eevee's shyness than on Chespin's forward approach.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Enforced by Clemont making him stay in the sidelines during the Lumiose Gym battle, a situation that left Chespin sulking.
  • Balloon Belly: As a consequence of being a Big Eater, he at one point becomes overweight, which hinders him in battle.
  • Big Eater: Chespin is quite the glutton, and especially loves macarons and Poképuffs.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode "Adventures in Running Errands!" mainly focuses on Chespin and Bunnelby's errand that Clemont gave to them.
  • Critical Status Buff: Its ability is Overgrow which kicks in when it's low on energy, giving its Grass-type moves a huge boost.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his bumbling and slacker attitude, Chespin proves quite efficient in battle when necessary. He has held his ground against Team Rocket and Xeroxic just as well, if not better than the more level headed Bunnelby and Luxray.
  • Determinator: Even when his attacks have no effect, he refuses to give up against the Mega-Mega-Meowth mecha after being shown friendship.
  • Expy: The Piplup of the team, succeeding Ash's Oshawott.
  • Fatal Attractor: To say that Chespin's unlucky in love is both an understatement and a misunderstanding. He can't be subtle around Eevee, to the point where he scared her when he lost control after he got too excited when she seemed to become confident around him. When Chespin tried to flirt with Buneary, she knocked him aside and went back to Bunnelby.
  • Follow Your Nose: His sense of smell is very acute when it comes to locating food.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In "Adventures in Running Errands!", he appears to be the Foolish to Bunnelby's Responsible.
  • Funny Background Event: As Professor Sycamore was expositing Bond Phenomenon to Ash and company, Chespin was seen asking Dedenne if he could possibly have the potential as well, only for Dedenne to shoot his hopes down, causing Chespin to pout in an annoyed manner.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He seems to express jealousy and envy towards Bunnelby due to Eevee's trust in Bunnelby and in one episode where a Buneary developed a crush on Bunnelby.
  • Green Thumb: He's Clemont's first and only Grass-Type Pokémon.
  • Heroic Second Wind: His ability is Overgrow, which increases his Grass-Type attacks when his stamina is low. Has been used only once.
  • I Owe You My Life: Starts bonding with Clemont when he saves it from being crushed by Team Rocket's mecha.
  • Keet: Has a very happy-go lucky attitude and a habit of popping out of his Pokéball on his own when something interests it.
  • The McCoy: Chespin is very trusting and generous, and was even willing to offer help to Meowth when he needed it.
  • Obsessed with Food: His obsession with food helped him locate Team Rocket's hideout. The same obsession has also lead him into dangerous situations, such as nearly being crushed by Team Rocket's mecha as he tried to pick up some macarons, and becoming overweight in one episode.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Not counting Dedenne who is just there to be kept by Bonnie, Chespin is by far the weakest of Clemont's Pokémon who travel with him, and arguably being weaker than all of his Gym Pokémon. This led to Chespin being excluded from Clemont's Gym Team, and even though Chespin is a non-Electric type, that didn't stop Bunnelby from being included in Clemont's team.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Anytime he and Pancham are together, expect bickering.
  • Smarter Than You Look: One might not expect a glutton and slacker like Chespin to be all that clever, but he has his moments. He once willingly entered one of Team Rocket's traps alongside Pikachu so he could pick the lock using his Vine Whip, eventually setting Pikachu free.
  • Spike Shooter: Knows Pin Missile.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Perhaps the only relevant team member from Clemont's side that gets much more screen time than his own trainer.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: After Clemont saves him, Chespin offers a macaron to Clemont for saving its life. After Team Rocket has been defeated, Clemont offers some of the macarons to Chespin but instead of eating them all it shares he with the rest of the gang.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Started out as a greedy troublemaker, but soon gets better after bonding with Clemont.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves Macarons, going so far as to eat the group's entire supply if he gets a chance. Later on he gets more into Poképuffs.
  • Use Your Head: His Tackle is a powerful headbutt.
  • Whip It Good: Knows Vine Whip.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Pancham. The two frequently descend to bickering when they're allowed to be near each other.

Luxio —> Luxray (Rentorar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Kolink and Luxio), Kensuke Sato (Rentorar)
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness (Shinx and Luxio), Billy Bob Thompson (Luxray)

Luxray is a Pokémon that Clemont used to play with in his younger years before evolving from a Shinx. They reunited in Kalos after he evolved into a Luxio.

  • The Ace: Luxray is Clemont's strongest Pokémon.
  • Childhood Friends: Often played together with Clemont when Luxray was a Shinx, but he didn't captured him back then.
  • A Day in the Limelight: His evolution episode, "The Future is Now, Thanks to Determination". Luxray's time as a Luxio was always the Pokémon that was just kinda there with the rest of the cast ever since his capture episode.
  • Forgiveness: Luxray, as a Luxio, thought Clemont abandoned him, while he was a Shinx, when he broke his word to meet up with him during his Trainer younger days. However, after saving him during a battle with Team Rocket and remembering the good times they shared, Luxray was convinced to forgive Clemont and even decided to travel with him.
  • Not So Stoic: Luxio/Luxray is serious for most of the time, but he's shown to be lighthearted and friendly at times and even gets a few Comically Serious moments.
  • Older and Wiser: In the (imprecise) amount of time spent separated from Clemont, he not only evolved, but developed a more serious and calmer personality and is more mature overall.
  • Oh, Crap!: Right before getting hit by Goodra's Bide.
  • Out of Focus: Much worse than Clemont after the Gym Battle. People often forget he even owns a Luxray.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Luxio/Luxray doesn't smile that often and is frowning for the majority of time.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-Type. When they first met, Shinx's lack of electricity inspired Clemont to build a system that allows Electric-Type Pokémon to take electric showers. The only offensive Eletric-Type attacks Luxio/Luxray seems to know are physical, Thunder Fang and Wild Charge.
  • X-Ray Vision: Luxray is shown to have a kind of those, useful for when the gang is trying to find some things.

Lumiose Gym Pokémon

  • Adapted Out: Unlike the games Clemont does not have an Emolga.
  • Just Following Orders: While Clemont's Pokémon were happy to see him back, they still have to battle Clemont and his friends due to being under Clembot's command.
  • Shock and Awe: It's an Electric-Type Gym. So everyone of them is this type.

Magnemite (Coil)

  • Canon Foreigner: In the games, Clemont has a Magneton, but no Magnemite.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Its secondary type is Steel.
  • Flat Character: It's mostly present to fill in Clemont's Gym team from before he starts travelling with Ash.
  • Out of Focus: It hasn't appeared since its first episode, with much more focus on Clemont's travelling team and on Heliolisk. It's not used in the Gym Battle with Ash, either.

Magneton (Rarecoil)

  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steel is its secondary type.
  • Out of Focus: While not as much as Magnemite, it's still not given as much focus as Heliolisk and Clemont's travelling team. It's not used in the Gym Battle with Ash, either.

Heliolisk (Elezard)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: ????

  • The Ace: Heliolisk was Clemont's original ace prior to Luxray. Which makes sense, since Heliolisk is his ace in the games as well. As long as Clemont is travelling, it acts as Clembot's ace for the meantime. It is also the only one of Clemont's original three Pokémon to be used during the Gym Battle against Ash.
  • Achilles' Heel: It has to stop for a second and extend the frilled collar around its neck to attack, making it more vulnerable to damage by direct attacks. Ash notices and is able to exploit this by having Hawlucha use a point-blank Hi Jump Kick during the split second when it opens its frills.
  • Demoted to Extra: Given that Heliolisk is based of its original game counterpart, it is a hard fall from being Clemont's signature Pokémon to a Pokémon who doesn't travel with its trainer.
  • Fragile Speedster: It's not able to take too much damage directly, but proves fast enough to be difficult to hit anyway. Ash counters this by using Hawlucha, who is not only fast enough to match it but who has super-effective Fighting-type moves.
  • Glass Cannon: Again, despite its frailty, Heliolisk compensates by having powerful moves that do impressive damage.
  • Keet: It has an extraordinarily lively personality, as shown when it was first sent out against Clemont. It was also the most visibly happy to see him again of all three Gym Mons.
  • Lizard Folk: It is based on the frill-necked lizard after all, and it moves on its hind legs.
  • Life Drain: Unsurprisingly given that the move is primarily associated with the line in the games, it knows Parabolic Charge, a new move introduced in Generation VI that gives the Electric type a healing move.
  • Light 'em Up: It knows Flash.
  • Non-Elemental: Its secondary type is Normal, which becomes its weakness when facing Hawlucha.
  • Standard Status Effects: It knows Thunder Wave, which it uses to paralyze Ash's Goodra, forcing him to substitute with Hawlucha.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Dragon Tail.
  • The Worf Effect: Given that Heliolisk was Clemont's strongest Pokémon and is still his #2, since Heliolisk is kept in the Lumiose Gym, its job is to lose against strong opponents.

    Bonnie (Eureka)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mariya Ise, Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jocelyn Robles

Clemont's little sister and another sidekick for the XY series. She's too young to own a Pokémon of her own yet, but has a willing spirit to help out in any way she can. With a bottomless curiosity and a burning passion for Pokémon, Bonnie loves to take care of and play with Pokémon of all kinds.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She doesn't pull her punches when pointing out Clemont's lack of athleticism, but seems mature enough to know when to apologize. Also, much to Clemont's exasperation, she asks just about any girl she meets to marry him.
  • Ascended Extra: In the games, her only roles are hosting the Lumiose Gym/Prism Tower Pokémon Quiz. After becoming the champion, the player can get a ribbon from her if they have a Pokémon with maximum affection. In the anime, she's a main character alongside Clemont.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Like Max in Advanced Generation, she is the youngest traveling companion of the series she appears in.
  • Big Brother Worship: She may snark at Clemont's lack of athletic skill, but she still looks up to him.
  • Blush Sticker: In her more genki moments.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: In “A League of His Own,” Bonnie borrows Iris’ catchphrase “you’re such a kid” (she says it to Ash).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Not a full on case, but it is made apparent that her younger age can make her incredibly tactless compared to the rest of the team. She usually lacks any form of filter in her criticizing of others for example, nonchalantly calling Goomy a coward and constantly snarking at her brother's hopelessness.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no problem telling Clemont how terrible some of the names he gives his inventions are.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Bonnie's vocabulary is not terribly extensive, so she uses "keep" as a substitute for several verbs such as "capture" and "marry".
    • In the English dub, whenever she tries to get a girl to marry Clemont, it's "You're a keeper!" and "Please take care of my brother!"
  • Cheerful Child: Curious, energetic and innocent. Bonnie always sees things through a positive lens, and gives every new Pokémon a chance, regardless of their appearance or natures.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: After spending most of the series trying to hook Clemont up with any girl the group meets, Bonnie suddenly becomes apprehensive when Clemont finds a potential match, and tries to drive them apart.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She squees at the sight of every new Pokémon she meets, even a Garchomp.
  • The Cutie: Her antics, affection for Pokémon, and youthful energy makes her a younger sibling all the characters want to look after.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bonnie shows shades of this, especially after her brother's inventions blow up.
  • Does Not Like Spam: As a typical trait of small children in anime, she doesn't like carrots.
  • Dragged by the Collar:
    • Repeatedly done by Clemont's mechanical Aipom Arm whenever she asks a girl to marry her brother.
    • In the opening of XY&Z, she's dragged off by Sqiushy's 10% Forme.
  • The Empath: Bonnie has shown to senses Pokémon feelings as she knew her new friend Squishy, Zygarde, was in trouble when she first met it. However, due to her friendship with Squishy and unknowingly training herself in perfecting her powers, Bonnie's sense of Pokémon feelings greatly increased as she can senses the Order Pokémon whereabouts and feel its pain when it's hurt.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Ash and Serena are just as protective of her as Clemont.
  • Fluffy Tamer: While not an official trainer, she has a tendency to like even the scariest-looking Pokémon. She even manages to befriend and evolve the Pokémon equivalent of a Tyrannosaurus rex. And also befriending an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: She does this to Squishy and Z2.
  • Genki Girl: Getting zapped by Pikachu doesn't dampen her spirits one bit.
  • Gratuitous French: "S'il vous plait" in the Japanese version.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Her attitude towards Clemont's invention names, when she's not exactly an imaginative sort herself. Squishy, anyone?
  • Image Song: One for both her and Squishy, aptly named "Squishy's Song". It is sung by her voice actress Mariya Ise and is used as XY&Z's ending. She occassionally sings it in the anime, which has a calming effect on Squishy.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Huge, expressive blue eyes perfect for a young girl like Bonnie.
  • It's All My Fault: When Bunnelby gets hurt during the search for Squishy, Bonnie blames herself because she insisted they go look for it. Clemont comforts her because they all want Squishy back, not just Bonnie.
  • Leitmotif: She is sometimes heard humming or singing "Squishy's Song".
  • Little Miss Snarker: Her brother's lame invention names, awkwardness, and tendency for his inventions to explode gives her plenty to work with. Even Meowth finds her insufferable.
  • The Matchmaker: Tries to find a future wife/girlfriend for Clemont, much to his embarrassment.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Both her Japanese and English names refer to different varieties of lemon (the Eureka and Bonnie Brae, respectively).
    • "Eureka" is also an expression used to declare when one has achieved an enlightened thought, complimenting her tinkering brother.
  • Modesty Shorts: Wears a pair under her little tutu skirt.
  • Mythology Gag: When she asks a girl to marry her brother, Clemont drags her away with the Aipom-Arm similar to how Brock gets dragged away when he flirts with a girl. She also seems to be the anime stand-in for the interactive part of Pokémon Amie.
  • The Nicknamer: She calls the Zygarde Core Cell that the group found with the nickname Squishy/Puni-chan.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is the only character of the group who is not scared of ghosts or haunted houses. Instead, she gets excited about them.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is very loud and squeals at inopportune moments.
  • Pals with Jesus: She takes a liking to Z1/Squishy, a Zygarde core. The Japanese ending theme "Puni-chan's Song" is about their friendship.
  • Plucky Girl: She's certainly not afraid to stand up to villains.
  • Psychic Link: It's never really explained, but Bonnie seems to have developed one with Squishy during the final episodes of the Team Flare Arc, as she was able to feel Squishy was in trouble and that it was mind-controlled.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Has the same goofy grin and awkward run as her brother.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ash and Serena. She notices Serena gets unusually worried for Ash during his gym battle with Grant early on in the series, after the group encounters Miette for the 2nd time she's fully aware that Serena's in love with Ash with a knowing smirk calling Ash "dense". She'll even join Serena's rivals in teasing her about her feelings for Ash. At the end of the series when Serena kisses Ash before she leaves for Hoenn she's initially VERY shocked but when bidding Serena farewell she winks at her and gives a "way to go" look and fistpump.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even when she's not of legal age to be a trainer yet, jarringly enough, she gets more episodes than Clemont does. This only becomes much more obvious during the third season where she gets to take care of one Zygarde Core Cell and even gets her own ending theme.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Max. Being the Annoying Younger Sibling who isn't old enough to own any Pokémon, but still accompanies Ash's team. Also the only one who's never scared in the Ghost/Psychic Pok&eacutemon;mon-centric episodes that terrify the older characters.
  • Sweet Tooth: Bonnie loves her sweets. She even starts drooling just from Serena talking about the restaurants and bakeries in Lumiose City.
  • Tagalong Kid: She sticks by Clemont's side whether he wants it or not, though generally he doesn't seem to mind.
  • Tender Tears: When she worries about Squishy and wants to go look for it in the dead of the night, Clemont tells her she can't because then HE would be worried sick. Bonnie's reaction is to cry her heart out to Clemont.
  • Third-Person Person: Sprinkled in here and there in the Japanese version, as per usual Character Tics for Japanese children. This trait is absent in the English dub, where this convention isn't used.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "One for the Goomy!", she first stepped to the side when Serena was battling Team Rocket. After Pancham became confused due to Inkay's Psybeam, Dedenne used Nuzzle to make it snap out of confusion and she joined the battle, defeating Team Rocket by commanding Dedenne smoothly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Clemont was programming Clembot to recognize him as its master, Bonnie rushes in and tells her brother of a challenger. Clemont never got to program the recognition password he wanted (Clembot registered "You can start today. I'm Clemont, the Gym Leader." instead of "Sandwich"). When Clembot went out of control (due to a "head injury"), Clemont couldn't get it to shut down with his password. He and Bonnie got booted out of his own gym, and putting many trainers (including Ash!) in danger until Clemont finally takes back his gym and fixes the 'bot.


    Bonnie's Holding Pokémon 

Voiced by: Megumi Sato

Dedenne first met the gang when he drops his food in front of them before getting stolen by a Fletching that Ash eventually captures. Dedenne was encountered again when he stole food from Bonnie. After a struggle with Team Rocket, he bonds with Pikachu and Bonnie. Bonnie wants Clemont to capture Dedenne for her which he agrees to. While Dedenne is technically owned by Clemont, he lets Bonnie take care of Dedenne since she's too young to be a trainer.

  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Dedenne is able to track Pikachu after having exchanged electricity with him, as is typical of his species.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "A Jolting Switcheroo!", where he was part of the focus during an accidental switch-up. Later, he got his own title card in "One for the Goomy!", where Dedenne was the definite star of the episode.
  • Deadly Hug: His Nuzzle attack, which would be adorable if it weren't for all the electrocution.
  • Deus Exit Machina: He has a tendency to fall asleep just when he is needed the most.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Dedenne starts to admire Pikachu when he protects him from Team Rocket.
    • The same goes with Goomy in "One for the Goomy!" where Dedenne protected it from Team Rocket, earning its trust and making it get over its fear of Dedenne.
    • While originally Dedenne wasn't quite fond of Squishy, the two eventually got along well that they would even occupy the main pocket of Bonnie's pochette.
  • Funny Background Event: When Chespin and Pancham disappear chasing after a gallette they're fighting over, Dedenne makes the most hilarious face as if it was saying "Oh brother..." over their antics.
  • Happily Adopted: Despite Clemont capturing him, he is all but owned and commanded by Bonnie due to being a reserve of sorts for when she's old enough to be a trainer. He seems to have no problem with that at all.
  • Head Pet: He's usually seen on Bonnie's head or in her pochette.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He needs a lot of sleep to recharge his electricity.
  • I Owe You My Life: Gratefully joins Clemont's party after he helps save him after nearly drowning.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's small, and since Bonnie is (functionally) his trainer, he's rarely allowed to battle on the front lines. When he is the only Pokémon available, he's often asleep. Yet, unlike other Pokémon who have taken on similar roles in the past (like Togepi and Axew), he's no infant, and is an effective battler on the rare occasions when he is called upon.
  • Off-Model: Somehow Dedenne has a tendency to be drawn in a really odd-looking shape. In fact fans have taken a note of it to look up any instance where Dedenne has appeared off-model.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: A Fairy-Type. Goomy was initially scared of Dedenne because of his Fairy-Type. Valerie is also capable of speaking Dedenne's language because of his type.
  • Out of Focus: When Squishy appeared, he took over as Team Pet and occupying Bonnie's pouch, with Dedenne recalled into its ball and is absent more often. Dedenne did get a bit more focus after Squishy's departure, and helped out in Cilan's guest appearance.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bonnie's first reaction to Dedenne is exclaiming how cute he is. Dedenne effectively fills the role of the team's obligatory cute Team Pet.
  • Running on All Fours: Like many real rodents, he regularly stands on two legs but runs on all fours.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-Type, but his electric power is signifcantly lower than Pikachu's or Luxray's.
  • Tastes Like Friendship:
    • Though initially wanting no business with Pikachu, he is quickly bought over when Pikachu kindly feeds him.
    • When Dedenne and Goomy become friends, the first thing Goomy does is nibble his ear.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: While earlier on he was referred to as "like Pikachu's sibling", his gender wasn't confirmed until the Tripokalon dance episode. He was wearing a blue ribbon which was found on all other male Pokémon, as the female ones were wearing tiaras.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "One for the Goomy!", he battled Team Rocket alongside Pancham and he did all he could to protect Goomy from Team Rocket.
  • Tunnel King: Dedenne apparently lived in an underground tunnel system before being captured.

Z-1/Squishy (Puni-chan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yūki Kaji
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson

A Zygarde Core that was being experimented on in Lysandre's secret laboratory, labeled by Team Flare as Z-1. Thanks to Mairin's Chespin, it was able to escape, and ends up running into Ash's group. Bonnie gave it the nickname Squishy due to its, well, squishiness. It hides from Team Flare scientists who are tailing it. There is another Zygarde Core labeled as Z-2, and the opening suggests the two will have a power struggle.

  • Absurdly Dedicated Worker: It generally chooses not to show its transformation powers in public, even in instances it would have faced near certain death without them.
  • Adorable Abomination: It doesn't hide the fact that it is Zygarde (though the heroes don't know it yet). But it is still quite cute.
  • Animalistic Abomination: 10% and 50% are a dog and a snake respectively. With that said Bonnie seems to enjoy 10% Forme in the opening.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Suffers Z-2's fate after failing to stop its rampage.
  • Breath Weapon: It can use Dragon Pulse in its larger forms. In its complete form, the attack doubles as a Converging-Stream Weapon, as it uses all four wing-mouths to fire it.
  • Brick Joke: Squishy hasn't forgotten who was responsible for setting it free. Once Chespie awakens from his coma, Squishy promptly thanks him. The thank you was enough.
  • But Now I Must Go: Both Squishy and Z-2 depart into space when Lysandre's threat is put down, with Z-1 and Bonnie bidding farewell to each other. They show up again a few episodes later to do it again, as they still need to clean up all the corrupted roots from Team Flare's experiment and require Ash-Greninja's help.
  • Chest Blaster: Zygarde Complete's ultimate attack, Core Enforcer, is a Wave-Motion Gun fired from its Belly Mouth.
  • Deus ex Machina: In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, Zygarde's Complete Form appears for a couple of seconds to help wild Pokémon from a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • Escaped from the Lab: With the help of Mairin's Chespin, Squishy was able to escape Team Flare.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: Squishy was unsure to trust Bonnie at first but changed its mind when it felt something special about her, especially when she told it that she knew it was asking her for help.
  • Fusion Dance: It can combine with other Zygarde cells to make larger forms up to 50%, and can reach 100% by joining with Z-2.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Since it spent most of the time in fear of Team Flare, Squishy rarely transforms into its other formes to draw attention to itself, and when cornered it prefers the 10% Forme, most probably for a speedy and stealthy getaway. Squishy only transformed into 50% Forme to confront the other Core, who is Brainwashed and Crazy, and into 100% Forme to save Navel Plateau in the 3rd Movie, and to finally finish off Lysandre when his Megalith had the heroes on the ropes (and only because the second Zygarde Core finally starts believing Squishy's words that Humans Are Special).
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • When Lumiose City is getting attacked after the Kalos League, Squishy separated from Ash's group once more, to confront the one responsible, Z-2. All this time from running through the chaos to Prism Tower, and up to confronting Z-2 itself, had Squishy frantically trying to call out to its other half, only to fall upon deaf ears.
    • Squishy becomes the "receiver" itself when Bonnie tries (and succeeds, even) to get Squishy to wake up from Team Flare's control.
  • Image Song: Together with Bonnie, "Squishy's Song", which is the first ending of XY&Z.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Z-2 tells it to cut all its ties to humans as they are the ones causing imbalance to Kalos. However, it tells Z2 that it found something different, and will continue to travel with the gang to observe more. It appears to take a strong interest in Bonnie in particular.
  • I Will Wait for You: Squishy happily obliges to the promise of meeting up with Bonnie again once the latter eventually comes of age to become a trainer.
  • Leitmotif: A short xylophone tune.
  • Mighty Roar: In its 10% Forme, it unleashes Land's Wrath with a loud howl, driving Team Flare off.
  • Mundane Utility: With the threat of an approaching storm, Squishy uses the Zygarde Cells in the Winding Woods to help the heroes find a safe place to camp for the night. Later, Squishy would separate from Bonnie to look for Ash and Greninja on its own, making use of the Zygarde Cells again, this time to pinpoint their location. Squishy finds Greninja first, then points him in Ash's direction.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: It felt something wrong when Z-2 was being captured, ultimately getting worried when the other Core wasn't responding.
  • Not So Above It All: While it's been travelling with Ash's group for dubious reasons, Squishy has been shown to participate in some of their activities. Like Dedenne, Squishy has often mimicked Bonnie's behavior a couple of times.
  • The Power of Love: It was Squishy's bond with Bonnie (the same kind that Squishy's been telepathically preaching to Z-2 beforehand) that allowed the former to snap out of its brainwashed state.
  • The Power of the Sun: Recharges and heals itself by sunbathing.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Transforming into its various forms can take its toll on both Squishy and Z-2. After transforming into Complete Forme to save Navel Plateau, it left Squishy incapacitated for the rest of the movie.
  • Punny Name: Both English and Japaneses names are references to its squishiness (punipuni is Japanese onomatopoeia for something squishy).
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Squishy is transformed by Team Flare in the same manner as Z-2 after losing a battle to Z-2.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It is the very reason why Bonnie was so taken with the creature, because "Squishy" is completely adorable.
  • Royal "We": During a dream where it was given a human voice, Squishy uses the first person pronoun Yo in the Japanese version, which is a rough equivalent to this trope. In the English dub, when Meowth asks who he is, he responds "I is I." It also speaks in this when talking telepathically with the blue Zygarde Core.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In its 10% Forme, a green tendril-like appendage keeps fluttering about as Squishy runs. In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, Pikachu actually uses it to catch up to Squishy and hitch a ride!
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Squishy defaults to this as a Core, but when threatened it can summon other Zygarde Cells to empower itself
  • Telepathy: While it can only make odd noises towards everyone, it can speak properly towards Z-2 through telepathy.
  • Too Many Mouths: Zygarde Complete has six: one on each wing and the tail, and a sixth on its chest (but, apparently, none on its actual face). All of them can be used for a Breath Weapon, and the ones on the wings and tail can also propel Zygarde's movements like a Nitro Boost.
  • Using You All Along: It joined the group to seek protection, and tagged along upon realizing that they were heading to Terminus Cave. In "Meeting at Terminus Cave!", it immediately went off on its own to communicate with the other Core, and during the commotion with Team Flare it left the main gang, much to Bonnie's disbelief. After witnessing the bonds between the gang and their Pokémon, it decides to join them for real, seeing them, and Ash and Bonnie in particular, as examples of how people and Pokémon can coexist, putting it at odds with Z2.
  • World-Healing Wave:
    • In "Dream a Little Dream from Me!", it restores a small portion of the forest that was razed by the "Fire Ghost" that was chasing Squishy.
    • Zygarde Complete uses these powers again on Lumiose City at the end of the Team Flare saga. Though it clears up the surface plants, the roots are still causing trouble and they have to individually kill those.
  • You Are Number 6: Team Flare gave it the designation Z-1 (the second, blue-centered Core is labelled Z-2).

Click here to see Serena's first outfit 
Voiced in Japanese by: Mayuki Makiguchi
Voiced in English by: Haven Paschall
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Verania Ortiz

A girl who lives with her mother in the Kalos region. After seeing Ash's face on a news report, she's certain that he's the same boy she met when she was younger. Serena joins Ash on his quest despite not knowing to what end, though she eventually decided that her dream was to become a Pokémon Performer. Of note is that all her Pokémon are mammalian, owning two foxes and a panda cub. Both of her foxes are female, remarkable given only one out of eight specimens of those Pokémon are female.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her skin tone and hair color match the default version of her game counterpart (the one used for the NPC version if you choose Calem as your PC), but her eyes are blue like the lighter-skinned, blonde PC version. Eye color was, however, customizable in the games, so you could get the same combination.
  • Age Lift: In the games, her age is hard to pin down. In the anime, she's the same height as Ash and Clemont, and abiding by flashback, is of almost identical age, which would put her at the rough age of 10 like the rest of the anime's female companions.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • While it doesn't amount to much, Serena finally gets (justifiably) angry at Ash when he dived into a volcano in order to save Talonflame, which, had it not been for Frogadier, would have been fatal for both of them.
    • She also gets worried when Ash is having a Heroic BSoD after his loss against Wulfric, and when Ash angrily rebuffs her she finally gets very angry with him as well. They make up at the end of the episode, however.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She nearly did this during her argument with Ash when he snapped at her for trying to cheer him up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like most of Ash's companions, Serena is sweet-natured, but not a doormat. The one time Ash snapped at her, she very angrily dressed him down over it, while also reminding him that he is better than that. Like with so many others, Team Rocket also regularly pay the price for crossing her. In "So You're Having a Bad Day" she is willing to cooperate with Meowth, but after finding out everything they suffered from the Pokémon of the Day was his fault, she is the one that exposes him, coldly telling him to deal with the three angry Pangoro himself.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Miette's Veronica for Ash's Archie.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase:
    • While teaching Ash how to ride a Rhyhorn, Serena surprises herself when she habitually uses her mother's "Go for broke" motto.
    • When Bonnie tries to find a girlfriend for Clemont when the latter isn’t present at the scene, Serena is the one who steps in and has to tell Bonnie to cut it out.
  • Bound and Gagged: The former only in "Mega Meowth Mega Madness" after Team Rocket catch her and Bonnie in the act of rescuing Prof. Sycamore from them. Predictably, Ash frees her.
  • Break the Cutie: Subverted. She breaks down into tears in front of her Pokémon the next day, early in the morning at a boardwalk, after losing the first round in her first Pokémon Showcase earlier in the episode. Fennekin and Pancham also held tears over their distraught Trainer and attempted to comfort her. However, she was crying because she was grateful for the opportunity to start her dream as a Performer despite the loss and renewed her resolve to become Kalos Queen with a change in style and wardrobe.
  • Broken Pedestal: Serena admires Ash a whole lot ever since they met as children and during their journey together, but nearly lost faith in him when he lashed out at her after he lost his Gym Battle against Wulfric. However, Serena does regain some of her faith in Ash when he thanked her for retuning him to his senses but it wasn't until he won his rematch is where her confidence in him was fully resorted.
  • Catchphrase: "Ta-dah!", every time she wants to show something off to her friends. When Jessie impersonated her, Serena was a wee bit mad that Jessie exaggerated the Catchphrase bit.
    Serena: *pouty* I don't do that EVER!!!
  • Catapult Nightmare: At the dawn of Ash's 4th gym battle, she dreams of tripping and falling during her Showcase debut, and wakes up the same way. That dream proves to be prophetic of what would eventually happen.
  • Cavalier Competitor: By the end of her showcase run, she had become a rather good natured performer and took any losses in stride. She doesn't expect any higher standards from her Pokémon either.
  • Character Tics: Since wearing the ribbon Ash gave her, Serena is sometimes shown grasping onto it whenever insecure or trying to muster courage in a daunting situation.
  • Childhood Friends: Knew Ash years ago when they were younger and went to a Pokémon Summer Camp together.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ash. Her crush began when they met as kids. As she matured as a character, so did her feelings, showing that she is genuinely in love with him. She shows this by wearing the ribbon he gave her on her chest, and staying by his side and supporting him through thick and thin. Her feelings for Ash are so strong than, in her first argument with Ash, she ran away from him crying after she almost blurts out her feelings for him because she couldn't take seeing him so broken and depressed that he was a completely different person from the guy she fell in love with.
  • Character Development: Serena has gain a great amount of assertiveness and confidence over the series, particularity thanks to Ash and her Pokémon. It eventually grew to the point that she not only found her own dream to follow, but vowed to be a more gorgeous lady for Ash when they meet again, sealing it with a kiss.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Invoked when Miette asks Ash if he has a bride to see if Serena would have this reaction. Serena expresses slight annoyance. At the end of the episode, Miette also "threatens" to take Ash away next time if Serena hasn't made her move by then. Serena blushes furiously in response, but nothing more. Whenever the group meets Miette again, she naturally tries to get a rise out of Serena this way.
    • Downplayed in general. She isn't overtly possessive over Ash, but she displays obvious discomfort whenever he receives any female attention. After all, she was clearly not fond of Ash accepting Miette's invitation to be her dance partner.
    • Also played for laughs due to the facial expressions and responses she makes, mostly due to Miette's meddling.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Bonnie, treating her like a younger sibling of sorts. Makes sense since as they are both children and the same sex - they would gravitate towards each other in a way that they won't to the boys (who in turn have another sibling-like bond).
    • She also hits it off with Mairin, and in their time together, Serena always thinks of the younger girl's welfare. As a result, Mairin has developed a bit of minor Hero-Worshipper toward Serena.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In-Universe example. In the movie The Lightning-fast Hero! Super Pikachu!!, Serena voices a male Pikachu who appears at the beginning of said movie. (Similar like Ash, who voices a female Pikachu in the middle of the movie.)
  • Crush Blush: This tends to happen whenever her feelings concerning Ash are brought up.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Actually a pivot for one. Rhyhorn love her as they nuzzle and lick her mercilessly on sight.
  • Damsel in Distress: Not an exaggerated case, but Serena has required protecting a fair few times. Expectedly, these are usually Rescue Romance on Ash's part. Jessie, being The Rival in showcases, is also sometimes as obsessed with capturing Serena's Pokémon as Pikachu.
  • Determinator: She grew towards this, showing how she is willing to take hits for her Pokémon and her continuing the performance despite Eevee having just tripped. You have Ash to thank for that!
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: For the first 40 episodes of the XY series, she was unsure of what she wants out of her Pokémon journey. She finally decides to become a Pokémon Performer in episode 41.
  • Deuteragonist: Although not apparent for most of the XY series' first half, her Performance arc becomes an important part, alternating with Ash's own quest.
  • Diabolus ex Machina:
    • She loses two showcases because of her Pokémon tripping unexpectedly, the first because Fennekin's ribbon was too long during the costume portion and the second because Eevee lost her balance after being intimidated by the crowd during the freestyle portion.
    • The universe itself won't allow her and Ash to have subtle romantic scenes, be it by outside interference or Ash's interests blinding him from telling that apart. It doesn't help much the writers indirectly tease their relationship so much with poorly-written titles that suggest so and later they apologize for getting the fans' hopes up for nothing.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Sometimes when Serena makes comments under her breath, whether scared/annoyed/etc, it'll either get reactions she didn't intend or backfire on her, leading to embarrassment. It appears to be on its way to becoming a Running Gag.
  • Disguised in Drag: In a reversal of the usual once-a-series running gag, she has to masquerade as Ash when he's incapacitated in one episode.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts Tierno, Trevor and Jimmy unintentionally.
  • Emergency Impersonation: When a rocker named Jimmy appears looking to challenge Ash and Pikachu, the former currently too sick to battle, Serena dressed as him to keep Jimmy's Keet behavior from waking Ash, as she knew he would insist on battling if he found out about the challenge.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Ash is approaching this territory; so far Miette, Bonnie, Shauna, and Nini have made comments about it, resulting in a Luminescent Blush from Serena. Of course, Ash and Clemont are more Oblivious to Love.
  • Expy: To Yellow from Pokémon Adventures (though her first look coincidentally bears a close resemblance to Blue/Leaf). Girl being saved in a forest by The Hero (and coincidentally enough, Ash is based on the original Red), thus falling into a devoted Rescue Romance with him? Yup. She's even wearing a straw hat in her introduction, something Yellow is very known for, and does not focus on Pokémon battles.
  • The Fashionista: She is very enthusiastic about fashion and is eager to see what kind of shops the gang will come across. As a stand-in for Trainer Customization, Serena also carries around a small straw basket with which she can make dresses and costumes.
  • Feet-First Introduction: Played with. The beginning scene of the series shows Grace's Fletchling flying into Serena's room to wake her up. Granted, part of her hair was visible from underneath her blanket for a very brief moment before the camera focused on Fletchling about to peck her awake. The next scene goes outside her house with her screaming from receiving her "wake-up call" before going back inside, her legs and feet sticking out in the air (the first parts of her body we officially see as she's "introduced") as a result of her rude awakening.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Serena is good at baking, and often prepares confections for her friends.
  • First Kiss: She's the first of Ash's female companions to kiss him.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Ash completely forgot about meeting her during a summer camp years ago.
  • Generation Xerox: Her mother wants her to be a Rhyhorn racer, though Serena herself has said she hates it. She later finds that her mother has rubbed off on her more than she thought.
  • Girly Bruiser: The most feminine of Ash's female companions, she puts up an outstanding battle.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Serena finds out through a former Pokémon performer and Kalos Queen that she lacks something to become the next Queen and until she figured out what that was she would never defeat the current Queen. Although she took her words into consideration, Serena made the choice to not worry about it and keep moving ahead. However, during the Master Class finals, Serena not only figured out for herself what she lacks to become Kalos Queen when she witness the current Queen's performances but also realized that she should't have brushed it off and tried to figure it out before the Showcase. Having learn her lesson and understanding what she needs to do, Serena vowed to work harder and become a great Queen one day.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: In the form of three snowballs, after yelling at Ash for yelling at her when she tries to cheer him up, while telling him how he wasn't being the amazing guy she once knew.
  • Glass Cannon: While her Pokémon know some impressive abilities, Serena doesn't show a great amount of improvisation and composure when she starts losing the upper hand and very often requires assistance against a stronger opponent.
  • Go Through Me: Compared to most Team Rocket face offs, where the heroes talk with their Pokémon, Serena has on occasion shown willingness to intervene physically on her own, usually when they risk harming her Pokémon. Naturally in such cases she ends up outmatched, though this gesture of sacrifice always gets the intended Pokémon a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Implied, given that her mother had to use a Fletchling to force her out of bed.
  • Held Gaze: Has done this multiple times with Ash when he encourages her or gives her advice, however after their kiss they're staring at each other with both of their eyes lit up before exchanging happy warm smiles.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Serena starts with the standard Luminescent Blush when Shauna tells her that she knows about Serena's crush on Ash, only to spout steam like a kettle when she thought that their friends (including Ash) had heard the two of them. In fact, this has become somewhat more frequent.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: In the final episode of XY&Z, Serena gives what is essentially a Love Confession to Ash, telling him that "You're my goal" and parting ways with him with a kiss.
  • Image Song: "DreamDream", the third XY ending, pops up as an insert song whenever something major happens with her or her Pokémon, e.g. Fennekin's evolution or Serena winning or performing in Showcases. Also "Candy Girl", although unlike DreamDream, this song is about her feelings for Ash.
  • Implied Love Interest:
    • For Ash. "Implied" is an Understatement, since the anime makes her crush so obvious that some episodes have explicit romantically themed titles.
    • Also a notable subversion for the anime: while there have been hints of a romantic interest between Ash and each of his female companions, Serena is the first of them (aside from arguably Misty) to explicitly be interested in Ash.
  • Important Haircut: Serena cuts her hair short and changes outfits after losing her first Pokémon Showcase.
  • In the Hood: She is shown to wear a hoodie on occasion.
  • Invincible Incompetent: As a battler, Serena has advanced far less than previous female companions and remained a Glass Cannon with a rather novice strategy output, yet she is the only one to have a clean winning streak, her Pokémon having never fainted in battle note . This is either because her opponent is always Team Rocket or lower, due to being accompanied by a stronger trainer such as Ash, or just random interference such as one of her Pokémon evolving.
  • It's All My Fault: During a Pokémon summer camp she and her friends attended, Serena fell when a piece of rock broke but Ash tried to save her from falling. However, after falling down together and seeing that Ash got hurt for trying to save her, Serena blamed herself for his injury and took care of him while their friends went to get help.
  • Jerkass Realization: After getting angry and hurt at Ash when he yelled at her for attempting to cheer him up then failed to find him in a snowstorm, Serena realized how badly she lost her temper as she believed to be the reason why he took off further into the Winding woods was because of her. Once she met back up with Ash, Serena tried to apologizes to him but he stopped her from saying anything as he assured her that he was the one who lost it and showed her how truly sorry he was for hurting her.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: When Serena bids farewell to Ash, she runs back up the escalator to him and leans in, then the camera cuts to their feet as the escalator pulls them apart. Pikachu, Serena, Bonnie, Dedenne and Clemont are all blushing after it's done. The ambiguity lies in whether it was a kiss on the cheek or on the lips.
  • Laugh of Love: This sometimes happens when she's with Ash. For instance, in "Under the Pledging Tree", when Ash asks Serena what gifts she's planning to get while she's thinking that the two of them are on a date, she quickly replies "I'm not sure yet!", while chuckling nervously.
  • Luminescent Blush: This happens when she's being teased about her feelings for Ash or when offered a chance for a romantic moment with him.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the…: The first few episodes devote some time to developing Serena as she leaves her home town to begin her Pokémon adventure. It is not until near the end of "A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!" that during the time Ash is training for his rematch against Viola, Serena actually meets him, asking Ash if he remembers her.
  • Meet Cute: When they were younger, Ash saved Serena when she was hurt and lost in the forest, teaching her to never give up.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Kept the handkerchief Ash used to bandage her leg all those years ago. Upon returning it to him, Ash immediately remembers her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After an argument with Ash and could't find him in a blizzard, Serena felt guilty for losing her temper as she believed that he ran away further into the Winding Woods more depressed was because of her.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Just like the games, a Fletchling wakes her up in her first appearance.
    • Her heavy makeover alludes to X and Ys'' trainer customisation.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She knows very little about Pokémon training at first; and like May and Dawn, didn't know about the Inexplicably Identical Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
  • The Navigator: To remedy Ash's No Sense of Direction, Serena is in possession of the gang's town map.
  • Nice Girl:
    • She is very thoughtful, and plays a supportive role in the group. Also, it really says something about her when she is the only one of Ash's female companions not to get immediately annoyed by his actions. Even when scolding him, she's much gentler, and doesn't lose her temper with Ash.
    • The first time she gets into an argument with Ash is mostly because he wasn't being the amazing guy she fell for after losing to Wulfric, along with the fact he yelled at her when she tried to cheer him up. This argument helps Ash come back to his senses, and even then, Serena started feeling horrible over it after all of a couple of minutes trying to play firm.
  • Nice Hat: She starts to wear one after beginning her journey. After her costume switch, she wears a different one, but it has the same color scheme as the previous one.
  • Non-Action Guy: Female version. Compared to previous female companions, Serena is less focused on battling. Most her battles would end up getting interrupted by outside interference or her team evolving during a match to give them enough of a power boost, though on the occasions she does battle on her own, she’s able to hold her own until they get interrupted.
    • Justified, as her goal has very little to do with battling and more on performing.
  • Opening Shout-Out:
    • Serena and her Pokémon spying on a dancing Eevee is played out the same way in "Mad-Paced Getter" and in the very episode Eevee debuts (except Serena is wearing her sleepwear in the latter).
    • Serena's routine for the Master Class Showcase incorporates some of the dance moves she performs in "DreamDream".
  • Parting Words Regret: Serena let Ash's words get to her, after he yelled at her when she attempted to help him when he lost his Gym Battle against Wulfric, as she gets frustrated and emotionally hurt with him. Out of anger and confusion for his behavior, Serena told Ash that he wasn't the friend she knows and to give the real him back. However, while looking for Ash during a blizzard and not being able to find him, Serena became filled with regret as she felt the last few words she said to him got him to run away more depressed. Although, Serena was somewhat assured by Ash, who felt guilty for hurting her, that she truly did help him and didn't make things worse at all.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Serena's feelings for Ash developed when they were kids and after an undetermined number of years of not seeing each other, she still has feelings for him. After immediately recognizing him as the boy that saved her in a forest in her childhood, she immediately decided to start her own journey for the sole purpose of seeing him again. Once the series ends and she has leave Ash to start her on journey she makes clear she'll keep waiting for him telling him he's her ultimate goal in life and vows to become a stronger and more attractive woman specifically for him, then kisses him for good measure.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Outside her usual outfit, Serena, in contrast to Ash and Clemont's blue, is most associated with pink.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Serena's second main outfit and her favorite performance dress are pink-based. She also has one pink Pokémon (Sylveon) and one she dresses in pink for performances (Braixen). She's also one of Ash's most feminine companions.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Sometimes, including in "Pathways to Performance Partnering!".
  • Red Herring: It took so long for Serena to find what she wants out of her travels that several viable choices popped up (Rhyhorn racing, Poképuff baking, PokéVision, Sky Battlesnote ), all of which she had valid interest and talent in. Most of these ended up being a Chekhov's Skill during the Showcases.
  • Refusal of the Call: Subverted; at the end of the Master Class Showcase, Palermo offered to mentor Serena for Showcases, but Serena turned it down so she could keep travelling with Ash. Palermo tells Serena to call her if and when she is ready, but when Serena finally contacted Palermo, she ultimately turned it down again, wanting to continue improving through traveling. However, Palermo is still the one who offered what course of action Serena should take next: to perform in Contests instead.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Despite apparently being Childhood Friends with Ash from before the start of the anime itself, she has not been mentioned or encountered at all until the XY seriesnote . It is eventually revealed that this is due to a Forgotten First Meeting on Ash's part.
  • Rescue Romance: Serena's infatuation with Ash originated from a rather young memory where he helped her out of a forest after she injured her leg. To exacerbate it, Ash has naturally saved her a good few more times throughout the series (as well as vice versa).
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: A common default pose for Serena is for her to have her hands folded behind her back.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After Ash lost his first attempt to get his last Kalos gym badge, Serena was right that something was bothering him but had the conclusion wrong as she thought he was upset about the loss and didn't consider the performances in the battle, which led him to lash out at her for not understanding his emotions and an argument between them. Although Ash was also right and wrong during their argument, Serena was shown to be more right then he was when she called him out for his actions then reminded him of who he is and got him to get his act together.
  • Running Gag:
    • Rhyhorn are easily attracted to her. Put her in front of a herd, and watch them swam towards her with hearts on their eyes. This paid off in a contest which involved herding Rhyhorn; she won with virtually no effort.
    • A minor example prominently featured in horror-themed episodes is when she gets scared out of her mind, in which her imagination runs wild and inadvertently shares her beliefs on supernatural entities that devour children, scaring the others before covering her mouth, apparently having scared herself even more.
  • Sacred First Kiss: She musters enough courage at the end of the series to give her first kiss to Ash. Since it's depicted in a Kissing Discretion Shot, it's implied to be a kiss on the lips and thus a serious milestone on Serena's part. And while Ash's initial reaction is one of confusion, he does come to appreciate it in the end with a twinkle and a smile.
  • Security Blanket: A downplayed case for the ribbon Ash gave her, which she sometimes clenches onto when worrisome (see Character Tics above). More primarily however, she wears it because It Was a Gift.
  • Ship Tease: Serena's feelings for Ash are pretty strong. There were even a couple of Love Charts confirming the canonicity of her crush. It all started with their meeting as young children, and more hints would pop up as the series progresses. The teasing went nuclear during her last scene before she separated from the team, where she not only as good as confessed to Ash, she kissed him!
  • Shrinking Violet: A mild example, but Serena often gets embarrassed whenever she's praised or someone compliments her appearance. Especially if it's coming from Ash. Her personality is also the most demure of all the female companions thus far.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: In "A Showcase Debut!", after losing her first Pokémon Showcase, Serena dons a new outfit to go with her new shorter haircut. The new outfit consists of a pink dress, a red sleeveless jacket, a dark pink fedora hat, short brown boots and a new bag. The blue ribbon she received as a present from Ash in the previous episode is now also worn, tied around her collar.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She has feelings for Ash, the Nice Guy and someone who encourages her to follow her dreams.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The fact she suffered two cases of Amusing Injuries in the first episode alone indicates this.
  • Snowball Fight: After having a serious argument with Ash in the Winding Woods, she expresses her anger this way, bombarding him with enough to knock him onto the ground.
  • Status Quo Is God: Like all the previous female leads pursuing their dreams onscreen, Serena comes short of becoming Kalos Queen against Aria, just barely getting a little more than a half of her votes. She does get an offer to go pro from Palermo, but only will consider it after her journey with Ash ends.
  • Supreme Chef: Almost everyone loves her macarons.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Along with Dawn, she is one of few "twerps" to suffer an unnegated defeat by Team Rocket in an episode. "A Dancing Debut!" has Serena lose a Showcase to Jessie and her Pokémon (along with Meowth). Like Dawn, however, she had become a Graceful Loser by this time. (Though she had lost on the technicality of her Eevee tripping, not because Jessie's performance was better).
  • Through His Stomach: After joining the team, Serena bakes cookies for everyone, but specifically presents them to Ash first. Any intention she may have had clearly fails due to Ash being more impressed with the taste than the thought.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to even Dawn's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A downplayed example. Team Rocket's Villain Decay aside, Serena's battle performance doesn’t see much improvement throughout most of the series, remaining a Glass Cannon whose best tactic was spamming her Pokémon's best attacks. Near the end of the series, she sees a slight improvement, such as when she once battled with Ash’s Pikachu while disguised as him or I n her final battle with Ash, where she has a greater display of strategy, having Braixen take on a unique battle style to resist and briefly gain the upper hand against Pikachu.
    • Played straight in her Showcase Performances, where she makes it to the finals of the Master Class and gets to compete against the current Kalos Queen.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In "DreamDream", both Fennekin's and Pancham's costumes change to match her various outfit changes.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Serena felt that she might off been harsh towards Ash, after an argument between them, but he was the one who gave her an apology for losing his cool towards her, which she accepts.
  • Wet Blanket Wife:
    • As much as Serena loves Ash, she is not a fan of Ash's typical reckless behavior. Think about it: the very first time she saw him in years was just moments after his leap of faith from the top of Prism Tower. She occasionally tries to curb his recklessness at various points in the series, to little success, though he has become more apologetic about it.
    • She does successfully stop Ash from carelessly engaging into a Pokémon battle that would have made him late in registering for the Lumiose Conference and thus render all of his progress moot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played straight and subverted. After Ash loses to Wulfric, he gets a mad at Serena, leading her to chew him out furiously and declare his current state to be nothing like the Ash she knew before this. However, She starts regretting this afterwards, admitting she has rather high expectations of Ash from how much she admires him. Just as she accepts this as unrealistic however, Ash later admits she was right, with Serena just content she once again has the happy Ash she admires exactly like before.
  • Worthy Opponent: Aria definitely considers Serena this.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Circumstances prevent Serena from partnering up with Ash for a dance party, Miette was only the tip of the iceberg. They later learn it's a rotation dance, so Serena gets to dance with almost everyone, but just when she and Ash are finally going to pair up, the dance ends. She immediately laments the fact.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Serena helped Ash through his depression after losing to Wulfric, even though she was angry and hurt with him for yelling at her for trying to cheer him up, as she does this by saying that he isn't being himself right at the moment and wanted the real him back, which actually helps him snap out of his depression.

    Serena's Pokémon 
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Braixen and Pancham are all given ones as gifts from Serena (a red ribbon and Cool Shades respectively), while Sylveon inherits a set of bow ties naturally as regular for her species.
  • The Fashionista: All of them take to wearing accessories or dresses for performances.
  • Glass Cannon: They can supply a lot of damage but aren't very resistant.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Pancham (male), Braixen and Sylveon (female).
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Both Braixen and Pancham are loyal and caring to Serena but moody and headstrong. Downplayed for Sylveon, who was good natured but shy and insociable as an Eevee.

Fennekin (Fokko) —> Braixen (Tairenar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens

Fennekin is the starter Pokémon Serena chose from Professor Sycamore. She is a tidy Pokémon that takes great pride in her well-groomed appearance. However, the one thing Fennekin loves more than looking her best is her trainer, Serena.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: From "Mending a Broken Spirit!" onward, Braixen's wand is decorated with a red ribbon.
  • Badass Adorable: Amps up when she evolves into Braixen.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted a fair few times for Fennekin. Played mostly straight for Braixen however, who sparsely takes hits in battle or is involved in heavy slapstick like the other Pokémon. She is one of very few off-screen for the group electrocution gag in Pikachu and the Pokémon Band for example.
  • Berserk Button: It hates getting dirty and it will attack anyone who get it dirty.
  • Damsel in Distress: Early on, Jessie was almost as obsessed with capturing her as with Pikachu. This lessened as time passed and even odd times it returns, she's more a Badass in Distress.
  • Cane Fu: Develops prowess using her stick to block and thrust attacks in the final points of the series, in particular her battle with Pikachu in Lumoise City.
  • Canon Immigrant: Serena's Fennekin was made a downloadable character via a promotion code for both Pokémon X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Charm Point: Fennekin takes great pride in her well-groomed tail, becoming uneasy if it is tarnished.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Being a fox, Fennekin has these.
  • Drama Queen: While making a PokéVision video with Serena, she repeatedly attacks Ash and Pikachu because they accidentally dirtied her fur.
  • Fantastic Foxes: It's based on the Fennec fox.
  • The Fashionista: Like Serena, Fennekin loves to get dressed up and appear her best.
  • Jerkass Ball: In most episodes she is a fussy but good natured Pokémon. In Episode 21, when she became jealous of another, more popular Fennekin, and became obsessed with creating a perfect PokéVision video with Serena, often rather violently taking out her frustrations on Ash.
  • Neat Freak: Downplayed in that Fennekin is only worried about becoming dirty. Downplayed significantly as Braixen.
  • Off-Model: Back when she was still a Fennekin, her neck would often be drawn extremely long.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-type.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As Fennekin.
  • Ship Tease: Early in the season with Ash's Froakie due to him having cleaned her tail with his Frubbles, generally being around each other whenever the group is taking a break, and as a result of the relationship their Trainers have (at least where Serena's feelings for Ash are concerned).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Early on she was a Damsel in Distress, getting kidnapped frequently by Team Rocket and even overpowered by Meowth in one of her first battles. As time passed her fire abilities were displayed more fully and, especially after she evolved into Braixen, she's one of the most active Pokémon after Pikachu.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like the rest of her species, she enjoys eating twigs.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In the third XY ending theme, any clothes Fennekin wears will also match that of Serena.
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually develops great loyalty towards Serena, overcoming her crippling aversion to filth to protect her.

Pancham (Yancham)
Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Shitaya
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder

Pancham is a Pokémon that took a liking to PokéVision, and joins Serena's team to become an entertainer.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears a pair of shades that Serena gave him after capture. During Showcases he swaps it for a more stylized one she gave him during the Coumarine Festival.
  • Badass Adorable: He's more dashing than Chespin.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A pure Fighting-Type. The only Fighting-Type attack he knows is Arm Thrust.
  • Berserk Button: A mild case, but he does NOT like Chespin trying to steal his food. Mild because he and Chespin are seldom not annoying each other anyway.
  • Casting a Shadow: Knows Dark Pulse, and has been seen using two at once.
  • Canon Immigrant: Serena's Pancham was made a downloadable character via a promotion code for both Pokémon X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As a Mythology Gag, it held Black Glasses as an item.
  • Cool Shades: Is very fond of sunglasses, and is rarely seen without some sort of pair on his forehead.
  • Dance Battler: He uses a lot of its performing techniques in its battles.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Stone Edge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His characterisation pretty much replicates Pancham's dex entries, acting tough and bratty to attempt a badass image, but being undyingly loyal to Serena deep down.
  • Mythology Gag: The shades he gets from Serena are similar to the ones on the hat of her game counterpart.
  • The One Guy: He is the only guy to Serena's team of females.
  • Oral Fixation: The leaf he carries in his mouth.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Pancham has the appearance of a cute adolescent panda.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Nini's Smoochum bids him farewell with one huge kiss. Pancham was completely unresponsive afterward.
  • The Reliable One: Despite his mischief otherwise, Pancham is the only one of Serena's team (including even Serena herself) who did not stumble or make a mistake on stage at any point during their Showcase run.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He and Chespin are nearly always bickering.
  • Tsundere: Pancham is very prideful and has some difficulty showing affection and gratitude, but he truly cares for his trainer and friends.
  • Unmanly Secret: Initially, Pancham was insecure about his love of performing, but has since gotten over it thanks to Serena's support.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Chespin. The two frequently descend to bickering when they're allowed to be near each other.

Eevee (Eievui) —> Sylveon (Nymphia)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Mika Kanai and Kayzie Rogers (Eevee), Erica Schroeder (Sylveon)

Eevee is an extremely shy Pokémon that was first seen by the gang performing a dance routine on a nearby rock. Impressed by the dance, Serena befriends Eevee, and joins her team soon after.

  • Chekhov's Skill: Her dancing, which consists of wildly prancing and jumping, has made for a good evasion tactic in battle.
  • Cool Crown: A flower crown given by Serena when Eevee warned her of a nearby cliff she almost fell into. During the dance ball episode, it also wore a tiara.
  • Cower Power: When frightened, Eevee will frequently hide behind either Serena or Clemont's Bunnelby.
  • Dancing with Myself: A defining trait is Eevee's love for dancing, which catches Serena's attention to want Eevee as one of her performance Pokémon.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Knows Double Team, which in the anime is consistently portrayed as this to visually represent the speed increase the status move provides in the game. She once used it to make a wild Quilladin that was hot for her faint from seeing several of her.
  • Holding Hands: One of Eevee's feelers reaches out to hold Serena's hand as it evolves into Sylveon. Sylveon has occasionally held to Serena this way.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Similar to Ash's Noibat, Serena's Eevee was teased in the fourth XY ending and third XY opening, before officially debuting.
    • The 2016 preview shows Eevee evolving during the Dance Party episode, sprouting feelers during the Transformation Sequence. A magazine scan would later confirm it to be Sylveon.
  • Lovable Coward: As an Eevee, she was often very timid and self doubting. This was downplayed when The Power of Love evolved her into Sylveon.
  • Non-Elemental: As a Normal-type Pokémon. In addition, Eevee has not been seen with any attack moves outside its Normal-typing. Subverted with Sylveon, that near exclusively uses Fairy-type attacks.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Upon becoming a Sylveon, it becomes a Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • Out of Focus: After evolving into Sylveon, she appeared far less often than Braixen and Pancham. With her Nervous Wreck persona gone, she was no longer ripe for antics with the other Pokemon.
  • The Power of Love: It evolved thanks to Serena's words of encouragement.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Is this with Clemont's Bunnelby.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Eevee family has always been considered to be a group of cuteness, and this one is no different. Her shy persona giving the Pokémon kind of a Moe vibe makes this even more so.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very shy around strangers, to the point that Eevee will end up hiding behind Serena or Bunnelby when startled. Lessened as Sylveon, though she retains some subtle nervous moments.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Sylveon, she became a far more confident performer and battler, hindered far less by her nerves.


Supporting characters

    Alexa (Pansy)
Voiced in Japanese by: Aya Endo
Voiced in English by: Jessica Paquet
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Nallely Solís

A journalist from the Kalos region and older sister to one of its Gym Leaders, she makes her debut during the Decolore Archipelago story arc, joining Ash as a temporary travelling companion, later telling him about the Kalos region and inspiring him to travel there.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, she has no Pokémon. Here, including her shoulder pet Helioptile, she has a Noivern, which is considered to be one of the strongest Pokémon of Gen VI.
  • Art Evolution: While all the human characters ended up gaining visible fingernails in the transition from the Black and White series to the XY one, it's most notable with her because she ends up gaining painted nails between each series.
  • Ascended Extra: In the games, she's simply Viola's older sister who simply helps the player find their way around Lumiose City. In the anime, she is promoted to one of Ash's companions that sticks around for quite a while and even gets some characterization too.
  • Blow You Away: Noivern knows Gust, which is used to help Ash's training for his rematch against Viola and her Vivillon.
  • Bookends: In the US, the XY saga begins with her on a trip with Ash, and it ends with her on a trip with Professor Sycamore.
  • The Cameo: She and Viola are seen watching the Master Class Showcase.
  • Camera Fiend: Uses a video camera very, very often.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Ash, and she's also one to her actual sibling, Santalune Gym Leader Viola, whom she gives counsel and advice to while still supporting her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Everything about her in BW, given she and the Pokémon she use are part of Gen VI and the Kalos region. Somewhat averted for the US though where her debut episode premieres on the same day Gen VI kicks off and the games start getting sold.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Got hit with this trope hard in BW141. She was so hard at work, Alexa was downright oblivious to the panic and commotion caused by Team Rocket hoisting an entire cruise ship in the air and didn't even notice its descent.
  • Forgetful Jones: Not too much, but she is prone to it at times, such as locating the contents of her bag. Thankfully, Gogoat is there to help her.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Joins Ash's group for the last leg of Best Wishes and up to the XY saga's first episode. She also occasionally rejoins the group during the XY series.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: She didn't know what was going on with Ash, Team Rocket, and the ship because she was listening to music while working.
  • Mr. Exposition: She is the one who introduces Ash to the Kalos region. During the Decolora Adventure arc, she basically tells him about every island and myth she and the kids are going to land on.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses Helioptile's Parabolic Charge to recharge her equipment, and Gogoat as a mount to carry it.
  • Orifice Invasion: Poor Helioptile, when Professor Oak decided to get up close and personal, literally, with its ears. Professor Oak would immediately try the same thing to Noivern; needless to say, the dragon didn't take it well.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Helioptile is usually clinging to her back with its head over her shoulder.
  • The Pollyanna: Always so bright and happy - not in the over-energised way, she's just got a positive outlook on things.
  • Power Up Mount: Gogoat - Alexa's introduction is to appear riding on his back.
  • Running Gag: She has a habit of forgetting where she puts her things in the saddle pouches around Gogoat.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the earlier episodes of XY, she seemed to enjoy seeing Ash and Serena together, even giving a happy smile to the two of them when they reunite. She gives Serena a knowing look when she tells her that she was the "inspiration" Ash needed to be more motivated to train harder so he could defeat Viola. The next time she meets the group, she's not at all surprised to see Serena telling her she expected her and Ash to travel together.
  • Shrinking Violet: Helioptile tends to hide behind her back whenever it encounters something unknown. It eventually grows out of it.
  • Sixth Ranger: For the Decolore Arc. Points for traveling with Ash for a longer time straight than anyone outside his main supporting cast (10 episodes), and for sticking with him even after Iris and Cilan leave (in the penultimate BW episode) and right into the XY Series.

    Professor Augustine Sycamore (Dr. Platane)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Tsuchida
Voiced in English by: Jake Paque
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Manuel Campuzano

The Pokémon professor of the Kalos region. Sycamore's main field of research is on the newly discovered theory that certain Pokémon have an evolution beyond their final stage — Mega-Evolution as it is called. He gets to see firsthand that such evolutions exist when a Mega Blaziken assists Ash in recovering an out of control Garchomp from the Professor's lab. He is also in charge of running the Summer Camp that many young trainers attend.

  • Badass Bookworm: Just as eager to join in on the action as Professor Birch (maybe even moreso), and capable of handling his own in battle; after all, he has a loyal Mega Garchomp at his command.
  • Damsel in Distress: His Garchomp has to be rescued twice, the first time being in the second episode of XY.
  • Catchphrase: "Marvelous!"
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped by Team Rocket at one point for his knowledge on Mega Evolution.
  • Gentle Giant: Not him, but the Garchomp he takes care of in his lab to study on Mega Evolution is an absolute sweetheart.
  • Handsome Lech: He tried to flirt with Diantha's manager only to be rejected by her.
  • Hot Scientist: Just like the games, he doesn't skimp on the looks.
  • Nice Guy: Like other important professors, he loves Pokémon and is friendly to humans as well.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • To Garchomp. When Garchomp is kidnapped by Team Rocket, Sycamore and the kids go to help.
    • His response to a Team Flare grunt trying to grab Manon is to grab the grunt's arm with a slightly terrifying grin, scold the grunt, and then shove him away. Then send out Garchomp.
  • Roofless Renovation: Sycamore must have great insurance because his lab has been busted in and rebuilt several times.
  • Running Gag: If ever Ash and his friends show up at his lab, he's going to be replacing the walls and/or ceiling by the end of the episode.
  • Secret Keeper: Eventually learns that Meyer and Blaziken Mask are the same person, a fact that not even Meyer's kids are aware of.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like other female Garchomps, his Garchomp has a deep, male voice despite her gender.

    Grace (Saki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alina Galindo

The mother of Serena. She used to compete in Rhyhorn races.

  • Brick Joke: She later gives Serena her Pokémon Showcase dress, stating that she chose the opposite of what she would normally pick because Serena doesn't like her definition of cute.
  • Catchphrase: "Go for broke."
  • Good Parents: Grace does such thoughtful things for Serena it regularly reduces her daughter to tears.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: In this case, it's a Gender Flip of the usual trope while keeping the spirit, and is thus "Tomboy Mom & Girly Daughter". Grace actually tries to enforce Generation Xerox upon Serena, who does not want anything to do with it (she does realise that she appreciates Rhyhorn Racing more than she'd previously thought, but wanted to try and find something she loved even more). Then, when she shows up in "A Race for Home!", she is skeptical of Serena's dedication to Pokémon Showcases and challenges her to a Skiddo race to prove herself; when Serena succeeds at the assigned task, her mother becomes more open to her daughter's choice of dreams. Also, in "Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!" we learn that she actually sent Serena to the Summer Camp in Pallet Town against her tender-hearted daughter's (initial) wishes, and she seems to have shown a bit of pressure in her parenting style overall.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses Fletchling as a sort of "alarm clock", much to Serena's chagrin.
  • Open-Minded Parent: When Serena reveals she is journeying with Ash, and not specifically pursuing Rhyhorn racing, Grace responds positively, just glad that her daughter will be having fun.
  • Retired Badass: She was quite an accomplished Rhyhorn racer in her youth, but has since settled down and started a family.
  • Rhino Rampage: She has a Rhyhorn who is nice. She has her daughter practice on it to train her as a Rhyhorn racer.
  • Tomboy: Lampshaded by Serena when she asks her mother to pick a hat, only to choose the opposite because she knows Grace picks the "less cuter items". Tellingly, despite having a feminine streak with keeping house and cooking, Grace is evidently quite strong in character, and it's easy to see her younger self - an accomplished Rhyhorn Racer in her own right - as being a Hotblooded Tomboy back in the day. She's certainly more confrontational and (at times) sarcastic than previous mothers who appeared in the series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to her daughter's girly girl.
  • Supreme Chef: Serena mentions that Grace's cooking is one of the things she misses ever since she started her adventure.

    Meyer (Limone)/Blaziken Mask (Mega Blaziken's Trainer)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kensuke Sato
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Christian Strempler (season 17), Julio Bernal (season 18)

The father of Clemont and Bonnie. Also has a secret alter-ego in the form of Blaziken Mask.

  • Action Dad: Clemont and Bonnie's father, who also happens to be a masked superhero-esque trainer in his spare time.
  • Adult Fear: When Team Flare executes their scheme at Lumiose City, he (as Blaziken Mask) tells his children to stay out of it. It takes Bonnie saying she wants to help Squishy and Clemont professing his concern for his Gym to talk him into letting them come along, and even then he tells them to flee the moment things get dangerous.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Meyer is absolutely giddy when he officially meets Ash and Serena. He even assumes that Serena is Clemont's girlfriend.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Ash and Pikachu as they fell from Prism Tower.
    • Happens again when the heroes are cornered by Team Rocket's Humongous Mecha.
  • Cool Mask: Styled to look like Mega Blaziken.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Despite his tough appearance, he cries tears of joy to find that Clemont and Bonnie have made friends and have decided to travel with them.
  • In a Single Bound: Mega Blaziken and, inexplicably, its trainer are able to jump great heights in the blink of an eye.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: His second appearance pretty much gives away Blaziken Mask's identity, however, most of the cast haven't figured it out yet (apart from Professor Sycamore).
  • Manly Tears: Cried when hugging Clemont and Bonnie.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese and English name refers to lemons. His Japanese name is Italian for lemon, and his English name refers to the Meyer lemon.
  • Mysterious Protector: He has helped save the protagonists several times, but not even his own children seem to know his true identity.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Meyer, rather than being disappointed like Clemont expected, is happy and proud of his son and daughter for adventuring.
  • Papa Wolf: When Bonnie goes off alone to get Squishy to come back to its senses, Meyer and Mega Blaziken are in hot pursuit, personally ensuring that his daughter would not get in harm's way. They are even ready to shield Bonnie as Squishy readies an attack point-blank, but fortunately, it was at the point when Bonnie is finally getting through to Squishy.
  • Product Placement: He exists to promote Mega Evolution before Ash can find/face one on his own, and the event Torchic.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Despite his kids finding out about his identity, it is never elaborated on. Good luck trying to make sense why he of all people pretends to be a masked hero with a Mega Blaziken - which is also not explained at all - for Lumiose City.
  • Secret Identity: God knows why he dresses as a super hero behind his children.
  • Shock and Awe: Is usually seen with his Ampharos in his day job. There is an implication that it can Mega Evolve, too.
  • Super Mode: Mega Blaziken is the first Mega Evolved Pokémon we and Ash are introduced to.
  • Super Speed: So fast that Ash loses sight of Mega Blaziken in the middle of an empty airstrip.
  • Triple Shifter: Electrician and compassionate father by day, Mega Evolving hero by night!

    Monsieur Pierre
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Gilles Motais
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Castañeda (season 17), Ricardo Bautista (season 18)

The host of various Pokémon Performances.

  • Chick Magnet: Definitely has plenty of female fans in the Kalos region.
  • Classy Cane: Holds one, where his Pokémon Klefki sits as the head.
  • The Dandy: His attire when hosting is a coat with neon lights and asymmetric coloring. He also sports a necklace with a large key for a medallion.
  • Gratuitous French: Enjoys saying stuff like "Très bien!" and "S'il vous plaît!" among other things.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses Klefki, a living keyring, as a keyring to hold the Princess Key that will be given to the victor.
  • Nice Hat: Always seen wearing one.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Has a keyhole integrated in his wardrobe, and has a key for his medallion. One time when he was introduced, he wore a mask resembling that of a certain keyring Pokémon. And the fact that the Performance competition relied on getting keys. And he owns a Klefki.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In "Party Dancecapades!", Pierre's Klefki is the dance partner to Aria's Delphox. Delphox is the size of a human, while Klefki is a sentient keyring.
  • Tron Lines: The coat he wears has glowing outlines. And in certain scenes they glow in the dark!

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Sanpei
Voiced in English by: Chris Patton
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Leonardo Suárez (season 17), Miguel Ángel Ruiz (season 18)

A young ninja who Ash and company run into along their journey a few times. His appearances have primarily been a means to help Ash train his Froakie.

  • Big Brother Mentor: Sanpei's Frogadier/Greninja can be seen as such for Ash's Froakie such as helping it learn Quick Attack.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The viewer audience never quite finds out how the battle between his Greninja and Ash's newly evolved Frogadier went down.
  • Ninja: Sanpei not only acts like one, but dresses as one as well. Frogadier/Greninja's actions also play on the ninja theme.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Sanpei is the third of a family of ninjas, with Ippei and Nihei as the eldest and second brothers, respectively.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Sanpei's hairstyle.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a yellow ninja-scarf.
  • Smoke Out: Greninja knows Smokescreen. Sanpei himself can do such a thing.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: In their first appearance, Sanpei and his Frogadier are mentors to Froakie (and Ash, to an extent), giving them physical training (all to teach Froakie Quick Attack, although he learned Double Team instead). Ash and his mon would eventually become better at the art, while Sanpei and his Greninja become victim to The Worf Effect.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His Frogadier had already evolved into a Greninja by the time Ash and company run into him a second time along their journey. However...
  • The Worf Effect: Unlike how they were at the top of their game in their debut episode, the show suddenly started to give a lot of flak his way by making him and his Greninja perform poorly against all battles they participated in, to the point they need the main four to keep them safe from harm. Their latest appearance at their home land just drives it even further where they are incapable of keeping up with Sanpei's older brother and Ash's Frogadier. They even lose in the war everyone else won.
  • Wutai: It's best not to ask how or why a ninja village and culture exists in a region based on France.

    Palermo (Yashio)
Voiced in Japanese: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Torres

The former Kalos Queen who now works as a producer for Pokémon Showcases. She was Aria's mentor and she has taken interest in Serena since she witnessed the latter's Important Hair Cut.

  • Cool Shades: She is always wearing black sunglasses.
  • The Mentor: Known to Aria as "Maestra" (or simply "Sensei" in Japanese).
  • Mythology Gag: Her outfit is based on design of female Veterans in Pokémon X and Y.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She is certainly hard to impress when it comes to scouting for Performers with potential, but is likely just being very professional about her job.
  • You Remind Me of X: She notes a lot of similarities between Serena and Aria, particularly when the latter first started out learning under her.

    Z- 2
Voiced in Japanese: Yuki Kaji
Voiced in English: Billy Bob Thompson

The other Zygarde Core. Rather than having a red core color, it instead has a blue one. It was being hunted down by Team Flare, but it managed to escape them multiple times due to its sheer strength with its 50% Forme. It remained in hiding until Z-1/Squishy contacted it, alerting Team Flare of its location. It tried to fend off its chasers, but even with the help of Team Rocket, it still ended up being caught because of the arrival of Alain. It ended up being a captive of Lysandre and experimented on.

  • Brick Joke: What happens to Z-2 after Bonnie has earned its trust? Bonnie tickles its blue core, just like what she did to Squishy in their first meeting.
  • Creepy Monotone: In contrast to Squishy, it speaks with a rather straightforward, unchanging tone.
  • Fusion Dance: It can combine with other Zygarde cells to make larger forms up to 50%, and can reach 100% by joining with Z-1.
  • Green Thumb: It creates destructive vines which tear through buildings effortlessly.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Spends a very very brief time under Team Rocket's care, as the Terrible Trio resolve to protect Z-2 from Team Flare (though not without ulterior motives).
  • Humans Are Bastards: Sees humans as the source of the constant imbalance of Kalos that will ultimately leads to its destruction.
  • The Juggernaut: It can take Mega-Charizard X's attacks and dish them out even harder, with its Extremespeed turning it into a full-on Lightning Bruiser. Had Team Flare not interfered, it might have won.
  • The Power of the Sun: Recharges through sunlight.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: When it is forced to transform at the end of the Kalos League, it takes on a red coloring as opposed to green.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Aside from the obvious (the core colors), Z-2 has a different opinion towards humans and has a different way of talking.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Seeing Ash and the other heroes continue the fight against the Megalith, which Z-2 believes is unbeatable, to protect Kalos, allows Squishy's words of Humans Are Special to open Z-2's eyes. The Cores reach an understanding, allowing them to finally transform into Zygarde Complete Forme.
  • Royal "We": Like Squishy, it speaks like this.
  • Telepathy: Like Squishy, it has limited telepathy in that it can talk to the other core fine but otherwise can only make grumbling noises.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It may have been somewhat weaker when fighting Alain's Charizard, as it was exhausted from running from Team Flare. To what extent this impacted its performance is unknown, as it didn't seem any weaker than in its earlier appearances. Team Rocket's interference also gave it a chance to rest and recover using sunlight, albeit probably not as long as it would need to fully recuperate.

Voiced in Japanese: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English Aurora Bea

A war leader Florges that was responsible for Goomy meeting Ash, having previously taken over its homeland to preserve her infant Floette with its healing water.

  • Arc Villain: For Ash's Goodra, her invasion of the wetlands causing Goomy's exile and eventually meeting with Ash.
  • The Comically Serious: In her second appearance, the mischief of a rampaging Carbink led Florges to have humorous snit fits at a resident Quagsire.
  • Dark Action Girl: At first. Becomes a standard Action Girl after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Denser and Wackier: Was the Arc Villain for most of Goodra's character arc and even post Heel–Face Turn was a serious Dark Action Girl. She and her army return as comic relief in "A Diamond In The Rough".
  • Easily Forgiven: All the pain and trauma she caused seems forgotten after discovering her real motive.
  • Expy: Her war embittered persona and motive (even directly driven by a beloved Floette) make her something of a Lighter and Softer Spiritual Adaptation of AZ.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Following an Enemy Mine with Ash and Goodra against Team Rocket.
  • Heel Realization: Downplayed. After finding out Team Rocket duped her and the lengths the Goodra she bullied away as a Goomy was willing to help her, she shows visible humility.
  • Lady of War: Elegant and dignified as her species are commonly renowned for. Also a powerful fighter Pokémon with an entire army at her bidding.
  • Mama Bear: The lengths she took to cure her ill baby Floette.
  • Must Make Amends: Helps Ash and Goodra recover Pikachu and the others after obliviously helping Team Rocket capture them. It makes peace with Goodra and the other wetland inhabitants afterwards.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For the Team Rocket trio in one of their most Not So Harmless schemes, convincing her to help capture Pikachu and attack the heroes, blaming them for the drayage of the wetland's water they were secretly draining.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: After suspecting the other wetland inhabitants of draining the water needed to heal her child, rather than making any attempts at interrogation, she leads her army into attacking and exiling them.
  • Walking Spoiler: Ties in to nearly all of Goodra's backstory and pivoted how he met Ash.
  • The Worf Effect: During Team Rocket's second rampage on the wetlands, Florges and her army (along with Pikachu) prove useless against their new mech, leaving Goodra to team up with a flock of Carbink to stop them.

Kalos League

     Diantha (Carnet)
Voiced in Japanese by: Fumiko Orikasa
Voiced in English by: Vanessa Gardner
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Analiz Sánchez

The Kalos League Champion, and a famous movie star.

  • The Ace: She's both the champion, and a famous actress.
  • Ascended Extra: Diantha stands out as the first and only champion in the video game series that doesn't get too much involvement in the plot, let alone the Team Flare story. In the anime, she openly investigates the upcoming crisis in Kalos (first by consulting with Olympia, then trying to find Ash and friends when she finds out they have a role to play). During the crisis itself, she helps in evacuating citizens fleeing Lumiose City, protecting them from Z-2's rampage, and in the finale of the storyline, rallies the Gym Leaders in order to help stop Team Flare's Megalith.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: During the Team Flare Arc with Champion from the Hoenn Region Steven Stone when buying Ash and Alain time to rescue Mairin's Chespin from the Megalith.
  • The Cameo: She and (Mega) Gardevoir make a cameo appearance in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction where they curb-stomp Wikstrom and his Mega Scizor with a single Moonblast.
  • Clark Kenting: This is lampshaded in the second XY opening, which shows Serena fawning over a poster of the actress as an incognito Diantha passes her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As fitting for the Champion, Diantha hands them out like candy and doesn't need to use Mega Evolution most of the time. The first time she actually has to put effort into fighting an opponent is against a completed Ash-Greninja Form, and even then Ash and Greninja pass out from the Power-Strain Blackout from fighting her.
  • Famed in Story: She's a famous actress as well as the most powerful trainer in Kalos. She actually has to resort to Clark Kenting in public situations.
  • Finishing Move: Gardevoir tends to end battles with Moon Blast.
  • Flash Step: How Gardevoir evades attacks. She flash-steps out of reach of the opponent because she is in sync with Diantha.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the end of the Summer Camp sub-arc, when the camera moves through the camp's Hall of Fame, you can see a photo of a young Diantha and her Ralts with two friends and their Pokémon.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Gardevoir's secondary type. Her Moon Blast might be her most powerful move.
  • Glass Cannon: Gardevoir appears to be this. Fitting for a Champion, her attacks are extraordinarily powerful, as even just the shock wave produced by her Moonblast knocked Greninja down. Once Greninja finally got a hit in, though, the battle immediately shifted in Ash's favor, with Gardevoir overwhelmed by its onslaught of speedy attacks.
  • Lady of War: She and Gardevoir always battle with grace.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: While the games make a half-hearted attempt to hide the fact that Diantha is the champion, she's first introduced as such in the anime.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Given many experienced Pokémon can already handily dodge attacks in the anime, Gardevoir spams Flash Step versions of these like crazy. It was considered a feat that Greninja was able to land a single attack on her at first.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gives a few of these when she realizes that getting serious with Ash-Greninja is now too little too late. The battle was not going well for her, until they had their Power-Strain Blackout. This leaves her to ponder afterwards what this new evolution is.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Diantha's hairstyle, which alludes to her refined, mature personality.
  • Psychic Powers: Gardevoir's primary type, but she doesn't use Psychic-Type moves a lot.
  • Signature Move: Gardevoir uses Shadow Ball a lot.
  • Supporting Leader: Leads the charge of the Kalos Leaders against the Megalith, but ultimately places the duty of saving the whole world upon Ash and Alain.
  • Super Mode: Diantha's Gardevoir can Mega Evolve into Mega Gardevoir.
  • Sweet Tooth: She has a loving for desserts and always tries their most popular one when she goes somewhere for work.
  • The Worf Effect: Like previous Champions, she easily defeats most opponents to show how powerful she is, but she's actually on the receiving end against Ash-Greninja, who seemingly had her beaten before the strain of the form caused Ash to pass out.
  • World's Best Warrior: As the Champion, she's the most skilled trainer in the Kalos region. And while she may be as strong as that description entails, she is also the first Champion whom Ash managed to give a hard time , because of his and Greninja's unique power.

     Siebold (Zumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Voiced in English by: Eli James

One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Water-types. He is introduced in the first Mega Evolution special.

  • Always Someone Better: Is this to Alain. Despite Alain’s track record of winning nearly every fight he gets into, he ends up being the only trainer who ever defeats him on screen.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Dresses in white clothes, it probably relates to his profession as a chef.
  • Chef of Iron: He is a Top-class chef in addition to being a member of the Elite Four.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Alain's Charizard manages to get a few good hits in and endure several as well, but in the end Siebold wins without too much trouble.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He defeats Alain and his Mega Charizard X with his powerful Mega Blastoise while using Water-Type and Dragon-Type attacks, establishing how powerful he is as an Elite Four member. And he doesn't look down on Alain, despite the type disadvantage.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair and is a very sportsman-like person; after defeating Alain, he congratulates him on putting up a good fight.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He doesn't Mega Evolve his Blastoise from the start, holding his own against Mega Charizard X with just his regular Blastoise. He then Mega Evolves it to show off how powerful it really is.
  • Ki Manipulation: Mega Blastoise's Mega Launcher boosts Pulse attacks such as Dragon Pulse.
  • Making a Splash: He specializes in Water-Types and is very proud of his Water-Type team.
  • More Dakka: His Blastoise develops a third cannon when it Mega Evolves.
  • Transformation Trinket: Owns a Key Stone and Blastoisinite.
  • Use Your Head: His Blastoise knows Skull Bash and hits Mega Charizard X on the stomach.

     Wikstrom (Gampi)
One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Steel-types. He first had a cameo appearance in the 17th movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. He would later make a full appearance in JN056 of Pokémon Journeys.

  • The Cameo: In Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, he appears in the final section of the prologue along with Diantha. He doesn't get a close-up, though.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His first shown Pokémon is (Mega) Scizor, a Bug-Type Pokémon around the size of a human that has pincers for hands.
  • The Bus Came Back: He makes his return and official series appearance in JN056.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His entire battle with Diantha during their cameo consists of her Mega Gardevoir dodging his Mega Scizor's Shadow Claw and then getting one-shotted by a Moonblast.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He owns a Probopass that is part Rock-Type.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Wikstrom is a Steel-Type specialist.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Wikstrom wears an armor because he is a knight.
  • The Fair Folk: He owns a Klefki that knows Fairy Wind and also a Dedenne, both of which are part Fairy-type.
  • Power Pincers: His Mega Scizor has large pincers that can also be described as brutal-looking scissors.
  • Shock and Awe: He owns a Dedenne that knows Nuzzle.
  • Soul Power: His Mega Scizor's only shown move is the Ghost-Type Shadow Claw, which normally is super effective against Psychic-Types like Mega Gardevoir, but it doesn't hit at all.
  • Super Mode: His Scizor can Mega Evolve into Mega Scizor and is only shown in that form.
  • Tears of Joy: He starts crying severall times in JN056 because of Ash and Goh's dedication.
  • The Worf Effect: Being a Bug/Steel-Type Pokémon, Mega Scizor should have the advantage over Mega Gardevoir with its Steel-typing and its Steel- and Ghost-Type moves, but Mega Gardevoir isn't the Champion's ace for show, as it easily defeats Mega Scizor with Moonblast.
  • Worthy Opponent: Just from the start of meeting them, he views Ash and his Farfetch'd as worthy students for their sheer determination and fearlessness throughout their training.

     Malva (Pachira)
Voiced in Japanese by: Akeno Watanabe
Voiced in English by: Samara Naeymi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Angélica Villa

One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Fire-types. There's more to her than being just one of the Kalos League's top Pokémon trainers.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the games, she despises the Player Character for defeating Team Flare and seems to have been aware of what they were planning. In the anime, she ends up siding with Ash and Alain against Lysandre because she is disgusted by his true plans.
  • The Ace: She is the final trainer Alain faces in his challenge, and she is easily stronger than the 9 trainers preceding her. Her Houndoom holds the upper hand for most of the battle against Alain's Charizard. As a member of the Elite Four, she may very well be the strongest trainer in Team Flare.
  • The Atoner: Even after helping defeat Lysandre and stopping the Megalith, Malva nonchalantly tells Steven that she'll be taking care of the rest of the Team Flare dissidents, after that of which she'll turn herself over to the authorities.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is close acquaintance of Lysandre, which puts her pretty high in Team Flare Rankings, and she is an Elite Four member to boot. Aside from Lysandre, she is also the only member capable of Mega Evolving her Pokémon.
  • Bad Boss: Played for Laughs. She is very demanding of her camera crew, who happen to be Team Rocket in disguise.
  • Cool Shades: She wears a pair of transparent violet shades.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her Houndoom's primary type, hinting her affiliation with Team Flare who have a preference for Dark-types.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She shows up in the penultimate episode of XY, as a news reporter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Downplayed, but she half-jokingly calls out Lysandre on being a bad influence towards Alain.
    • She was completely shocked when Team Flare showed up after the Kalos League and have Z-2 rampage across Lumiose City. And she ultimately sides with the heroes, even saving Pikachu, Greninja and Charizard when she and Mega Houndoom show up to aid Ash and Alain against Lysandre.
  • Final Boss: Is Alain's final opponent in the 10-man gauntlet during the fourth Mega Evolution special.
  • Grace Ful Loser: After losing, she teasingly claims that she despises Alain for defeating her before saying that he really is remarkable.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She turns against Lysandre and joins Ash and Alain in their battle against him.
  • Karma Houdini: Defied. Although Malva was not fully aware of Lysandre's true plan, performed a Heel–Face Turn and ultimately helped save the world from destruction, she does not use any of them to escape punishment for being part of Team Flare. In fact, she states she'll turn herself to the authorities after disbanding Team Flare for good. Given all the above, however, it's unlikely she'll suffer any serious consequences.
  • No-Sell: Base Houndoom has Flash Fire as its ability, allowing it to absorb Fire-Type attacks. Key word being BASE Houndoom, as it loses this ability upon Mega Evolving, which ironically allows Charizard to knock it out with Blast Burn.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite her allegiance to Team Flare, Malva really didn't do anything in the organization's name; the only time we see her do anything on Lysandre's behalf was as a volunteer in the ten-man gauntlet Lysandre puts Alain through. She would probably fit for Orcus on His Throne, but she spends half her time onscreen as a reporter, and the other half going up against Team Flare.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in Fire-types.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In true Team Flare fashion.
  • Transformation Trinket: Owns a Key stone and Houndoominite.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Despite being an Elite Four member, she is allied with Team Flare. Eventually inverted, as she is the only member of Team Flare not to be evil...or at the very least, less evil than the rest.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon XY Anime Cast


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