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    Clemont (Citron) 
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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.
  • Brains and Bondage: Rather shockingly for a kids' show, A Keeper For Keeps?! implies he likes being wrapped in an Arbok's coils. The Imagine Spot even shows him with hearts in his eyes!
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: He and Bonnie return in JN103 and JN104. Clemont helps Ash train for his upcoming match against Drasna in the former, and watches their battle in the latter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: The anime's rendition of Pokémon X & Y's Route 4 theme is used as Clemont's theme, particularly whenever he brings out a new invention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    "FOR THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE!!!"
  • Running Gag:
  • The Runt at the End: 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.
  • 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: He's one to both Brock and Cilan, 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-Diggersby (Horubi-Horudo)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Voiced in English by: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld

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. By the time he's return in 'Journeys', he is now Diggersby


  • 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.
  • 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 the Ground-Type moves Mud Shot and Dig and he has become part-Ground-Type himself upon evolving.
  • 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. As of Journeys, the Pokémon is now a Normal/Ground-type due to being a Diggersby.
  • 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.

Dedenne

See Bonnie's Holding Pokémon folder

Chespin (Harimaron)

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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: His ability is Overgrow which kicks in when he's low on energy, giving his 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 Gym Team.
  • Signature Mon: As a Kalos Starter Pokémon, Chespin is one of Clemont's most prominent Pokémon who is also acting as his Trainer's Foil. Although in battles, Chespin is less prominent compared to his teammates and is not even part of Clemont's Gym 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)

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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. Upon evolving into Luxray, it serves as Clemon't new Ace Pokémon.


  • 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.
  • Signature Mon: Luxray's ace status makes him one of Clemont's most prominent Pokémon, effectively facing the game counterpart of Clemon'ts Heliolisk.
  • The Worf Effect: After the Lumious Gym battle, Luxray later serves as a measuring stick for new studies and discoveries regarding Ash's Pokémon. First seen in {=XY&Z=] when Clemont is studying the Bond Phenomenon between Ash and Greninja, and later in Journeys when Ash's Sirfetch'd is learning the new move Meteor Assault.
  • 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 original Ace Pokémon of Clemont, and used frequently as Clembot's ace.


  • 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 Mon to a Pokémon who doesn't travel with its trainer. It suffers from Chuck Cunningham Syndrome in Journeys when Ash and Goh visit Clemont and Bonnie in the Lumiouse Gym despite being part of Clemont's Gym Team.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows the Ground-Type move Bulldoze. This move was actually taught by Clembot as a means of countering Dig and other Ground-type moves, and Clemont had to think outside the box like Ash would in order to defeat it in battle and reclaim the Gym from Clembot.
  • 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 Helioptile 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, which blinds the opening.
  • Non-Elemental: Its secondary type is Normal, which becomes its weakness when facing the part-Fighting-Type Hawlucha.
  • 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, Heliolisk's job is to lose against strong opponents, since it is kept in the Lumiose Gym.

    Bonnie (Eureka) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Mariya Ise, Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Alyson Leigh 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: She and Clemont return in JN103 and JN104. She watches Goh catch a Froakie and Ash training in the former, and watches Ash's battle with Drasna in the latter.
  • 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. Her Journeys appearance has her run past Ash's cuddly Dragonite to give Dracovish a chin-scritch.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: She does this to Squishy and Z2.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Bonnie is rarely shown interacting with Ash. Across the entire series, there isn't a single episode that focuses on their relationship.
  • 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:
    • A downplayed one of Max. On one hand, she shares the role of the Annoying Younger Sibling who isn't old enough to own any Pokémon, but still accompanies Ash's team. She's also the only one who's never scared in the Ghost/Psychic Pokémon-centric episodes that terrify the older characters. On the other hand, she's much more innocent than Max and less of a know-it-all, and receives far more plot focus than Max ever did.
    • In addition, when paired with her brother, particularly her matchmaking tendencies, she takes on some aspect of Brock's flirtatious side, right down to being in the receiving end of the old Running Gag of being dragged off screen when she goes overboard.
  • 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.

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    Bonnie's Holding Pokémon 

Dedenne

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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.

Z1/Squishy (Puni-chan)

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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 Z1. 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 Z2, 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 Z2'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 Z2 depart into space when Lysandre's threat is put down, with Z1 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 Z2.
  • 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, Z2. All this time from running through the chaos to Prism Tower, and up to confronting Z2 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: Z2 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 Z2 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 Z2 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 Z2. 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 Z2 after losing a battle to Z2.
  • 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 Z2 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 Z1 (the second, blue-centered Core is labelled Z2).

    Serena 
See here for more about Serena and her Pokémon.

Supporting characters

    Alexa (Pansy) 
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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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: 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.
  • 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.
  • Book Ends: 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.
  • 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) 
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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.


  • Action Girl: His Garchomp is female, and despite her gentle and caring nature, she's quite powerful and not hesitant to fight.
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a return during JN115 alongside Mairin to watch Alain's match against Leon. Mairin is left in tears after Alain loses and he has to comfort her.
  • 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 Mairin 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.

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    Grace (Saki) 
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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."
  • 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.
  • Parents as People: Grace's relationship with her daughter was somewhat strained at the start of the series because of how little they had in common, with Grace pressuring Serena to practice Rhyhorn racing (despite the latter's vocal hatred of it) under the belief that she'd give up on anything else she tried. After Serena proves her dedication to performing, Grace's portrayal shifts to Good Parents. Grace does such thoughtful things for Serena it regularly reduces her daughter to tears.
  • 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 (Bursyamo Mask) 
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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.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: 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.
  • 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 
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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.
  • 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!

    Sanpei 
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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) 
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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.

    Z2 
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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 Z1/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 Z2 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 Z1.
  • 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 Z2 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), Z2 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 Z2 believes is unbeatable, to protect Kalos, allows Squishy's words of Humans Are Special to open Z2'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.

    Florges 
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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) 
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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 Z2's rampage, and in the finale of the storyline, rallies the Gym Leaders in order to help stop Team Flare's Megalith.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Does this when she calls Gardevior to use Moonblast on Dragonite and defeats Lance.
  • 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.
  • Bond One-Liner: She always responds with "Checkmate" when she knows she's won a battle before calling her final attack.
  • The Bus Came Back: She is part of the final Masters Eight lineup, as revealed in Journeys. She appears in person in episode 115 alongside the other Masters Eight in the opening battle of the Tournament.
  • 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.
    • She ends up on the receiving end in Journeys against Leon in the Masters Tournament semifinals. When Ash arrives at the stadium, Leon has already defeated four of Diantha's Pokemon while only using Dragapult and Rillaboom. Rillaboom makes quick work of Goodra, and Gardevoir only takes out Rillaboom (which was shown in flashbacks to have already defeated Tyrantrum, Aurorus, and Gourgeist) before falling to Charizard, ultimately losing the battle 2-6.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Her Mega-Gardevoir loses to Leon's Charizard, but unlike Alain's Mega Charizard who was beaten quickly by its base form, Leon's Charizard is Gigantamaxed when he fights Gardevoir and the psychic Pokemon actually manages to almost return its own Max attacks back at it which threatens to KO it or at least deal massive damage, the move actually unnerves Leon for a while before he regains the momentum and control of the fight and wins.
  • Determinator: She shows herself to be one against Leon in Journeys. Despite the overwhelming odds of being down 5-1, she refuses to give up and defeats Rillaboom before taking on Charizard with everything she's got. Her drive is so strong that as Gardevoir redirects G-Max Wildfire with Psychic, even Leon is briefly taken aback.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is really close friends with Cynthia. Even watching the finals match together.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Her battles in the Masters Tournament contain several allusions to her battles in the games.
    • She exclaims "Checkmate!" right before defeating Lance, the same thing she says in the games if she defeats the player.
    • Her battles with both Lance and Leon use near identical movesets to the ones she uses on her in-game team, with the only exceptions being Aurorus's Rock Slide and Tyrantrum's Hyper Beam. She also leads with Hawlucha in her Full Battle against Leon, the same Pokémon she leads with in the games.
  • 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, and knows Psychic, but she doesn't use it as often as her other moves due to many of her opponents being Dark-types. It's also implied her bond with Diantha gives her some form of Telepathy between them, as Diantha often commands her with a simple nod.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Along with Lance, Steven, Cynthia, and Leon she is one of the champions we seen on-screen that take proactive measures against wide-scale threats.
  • Signature Move: Gardevoir uses Shadow Ball a lot.
    • She also tends to use Moonblast as he finishing move.
  • 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.
    • In Journeys, despite having just defeated Lance, she loses an overwhelming 6-2 battle to Leon in the semifinals. Even Alain arguably put up a better fight in the previous round, with 4 of Diantha's Pokémon knocked out by base form Rillaboom before Charizard had even been sent out. Ash is totally shocked to see her lose so badly.
    • Like Alain, she also gets a show of her own strength in the same battle by comparison when the next opponent Leon faced, Ash, faced the same Dragapult that it appears that she defeated. Ash's own battles with Dragapult, who weakened two of his team and defeated Mega Lucario, make her defeat of it with just Hawlucha and Tyrantrum an impressive achievement on its own.

    Siebold (Zumi) 
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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: Was this to Alain, at least as of the first Mega Evolution special. 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- at least until the Masters 8 Arc, where Leon defeats Alain.
  • 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 which he keeps in his necktie and a Blastoisinite.
  • Use Your Head: His Blastoise knows Skull Bash and hits Mega Charizard X on the stomach.

    Wikstrom (Gampi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Eiji Hanawa
Voiced in English by: Barrett Leddy

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.


  • Ascended Extra: He never made a proper appearance in the XY series, relegated to a silent cameo in one of the movies. It isn't until Journeys that he meets Ash and is given A Day in the Limelight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manly Tears: He has a tendancy to cry during really emotional times and especially involving Farfetch'd/Sirfetch'd determination and strength.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: 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. He also gets overwhelmed by Drasna in a training match during her debut in Journeys to show off just how strong she is, and also to give Ash a reason to use Sirfetch'd against her, as Wikstrom helped train them both.
  • 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) 
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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 Z2 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 Houndoominite and a necklace with a Key Stone.
  • 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.

    Drasna (Dracaena) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Fumi Hirano
Voiced in English by: TBA

One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Dragon-types. She was the only member of the Kalos Pokemon League to be completely absent during the XY Saga, but finally appears in-person during Journeys as one of Ash's last opponents in the Ultra Class, being ranked 12th in the World Coronation Series.


  • The Ace: Comes off as this compared to other Elite Four members, even managing to overpower Wikstrom in a battle despite having the type disadvantage. Since the other two actually have a disadvantage against her in terms of type this might suggest she'd be able to overpower them as well.
  • Adaptational Badass: Unlike the games, she is able to use Mega Evolution.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: She debuted during the 6th Generation of the Pokémon franchise, but never appeared in the anime until two generations later in Journeys.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A member of the Kalos Elite Four, and the 12th Rank trainer in the world during the season Ash competes in.
  • Crushing Handshake: When Drasna greets Ash prior to their battle, she proceeds to give him a very firm handshake while stating that she will be the one to end his winning streak.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Unlike her in game counterpart, she manages to avert this by showing her eyes open when close up. However, her eyes are visible for only a second as she Mega Evolves her Altaria. She later fully shows her eyes during the last stretch of the battle after being pushed so far by Ash.
  • The Ghost: Was this during the XY Saga of the anime when Ash initially travelled through Kalos collecting badges, even though all her fellow Elite Four members and the Champion all showed up in some capacity. This is no longer the case as of Journeys, with her being the only known member of the Kalos Elite Four competing in the World Coronation Series.
  • Made of Iron: Played straight and subverted with her Noivern and Altaria. Noivern is able to block Sirfetch'd's Meteor Assault with little issue while also preparing a Dragon Pulse to fire, and Altaria's Cotton Guard completely nullified Dracovish's Ice Fang. That being said, Mega Altaria still went down to a weakened Sirfetch'd's Meteor Assault despite not seeming to take much damage beforehand, and Noivern was knocked out by the explosion caused by its Dragon Pulse and Dracovish's Dragon Rush clashing, even though it wasn't hit with Dragon Rush directly.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Clemont's knowledge about her true nature comes from the fact that she apparently battled him herself some time in the past. Bonnie recalls that her Pokemon's ability to defend heavily with their wings gave him a lot of trouble and that Clemont "didn't stand a chance". This is actually a pretty big feather in Drasna's cap, since despite being nice and unassuming himself, Clemont is an extremely strategic and competent battler - able to defeat his own Gym team with improvised tactics and a much more recently-caught Pokemon and constantly innovating as one of the most actively self-improving Gym Leaders in the Kalos Region.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: She specializes in Dragon Types.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Her Altaria can Mega Evolve and take on the Fairy-type instead of its Flying-type. Since Ash doesn't know this, he tries to take it down with Dracovish's Dragon Rush but fails. Clemont, knowing about the type change, quickly tried to warn Ash but didn't make it in time.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Drasna speaks in an extremely doting tone and is very friendly with others, not to mention extremely fond of Dragon-type Pokemon. However, Ash finds out first-hand when he meets her that when she's serious her tone becomes unnerving and she takes on an air of intimidation. When she greets Ash and he frantically reaches out to shake her hand, she expresses enthusiasm for their upcoming battle, but when talking about how she thought the battle would go, she begins to crush his hand. Even Wikstrom seems to fear this side of her and seems relieved Ash understood how intimidating she can be. She also usually speaks with her eyes closed, but towards the end of the battle she gets annoyed (and excited) enough to open them for the remainder, showing how serious she is. She's also the competitor who, so far, has left Ash's Pokemon most visibly worn out from trying to fight her, taking huge damage during the battle. Both her Altaria and Noivern also have excellent defenses and can block attacks their weak to, like Ice Fang, or even extremely powerful attacks like Meteor Assault.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: An interesting version, with "Sugar" being her default and "Ice" coming out during battles. She almost perpetually smiles with her eyes shut endearingly, just like her official in-game art. The twist is that, unlike in the games, the anime reveals she's not quite as oblivious or unassuming as she appears. She goes out of her way to meet Ash before their battle and is exceedingly gracious and kind along with her Altaria, which even Dracovish and Sirfetch'd take note of. But when she shakes Ash's hand and says she'll be the one to beat him, she starts squeezing his hand, leaving Ash anxious while the nearby Wikstrom notes her intensity. After walking away, she asks Altaria about its thoughts on them, showing she was also scouting him out. She greets the crowd just as cheerfully, but Clemont (someone who is extremely kind himself) actually goes out of his way to warn his sister and Goh that she "deceives" everyone with her smile and isn't what she seems. As she gets pressured and increasingly frustrated during the battle, she eventually drops her amicable demeanor, and opens her eyes while giving it her all, only resuming her usual demeanor after the battle ends. The pleasantries after the battle are genuine, but she still takes time to tell Ash that the upcoming battles won't be quite as simple.
  • Super Mode: Like all the other Kalos Elite Four members, she has a Key Stone on her bracelet and can Mega Evolve her Altaria (compared to Siebold's Blastoise, Malva's Houndoom and Wikstrom's Scizor).
  • Team Mom: Has this air about her even compared to her fellow Elite Four members. Even when speaking pleasantly to Wikstrom he's somewhat unnerved by and defers to her. Though her attitude changes a bit when she's serious about taking someone down...
  • Threshold Guardian: She's Ash's final opponent before reaching the top of the Ultra Class, since he advances to Rank 9 after his victory, which is the highest ranking one can achieve before they are re-classified as being part of the Masters 8. It's still unclear whether he needs to defeat another Ultra Class trainer to enter the Masters 8, or if he has to kick out one of them himself though.
  • Transformation Trinket: She has a Key Stone on her bracelet in the anime, allowing her to Mega Evolve her Altaria.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite not seeming to be visibly harmed or worn down from Dracovish's attacks, her Mega Altaria is knocked out by Sirfetch'd's Meteor Assault even though it should resist it, on top of having drastically risen its defense with Cotton Guard and Mega Evolved.
  • Worthy Opponent: She says Ash is one initially, but it comes across as just a pleasantry. After her Mega Altaria is knocked out she professes that he really is strong, but gradually becomes more annoyed as she says it.


Alternative Title(s): Pokemon XY Anime Cast

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